Victory Gardens Included Chickens

Uncle Sam thought this was a great idea, to the tune of making it our Patriotic Duty to maintain a few backyard hens. This poster was widely circulated during World War I in 1917 and 1918.

The text:

Uncle Sam Expects You To Keep Hens and Raise Chickens

Two Hens in the Back Yard for Each Person in the House Will Keep a Family In Fresh Eggs.

EVEN the smallest back yard has room for a flock large enough to supply the house with eggs. The cost of maintaining such a flock is small. Table and kitchen waste provide much of the feed for the hens. They require little attention— only a few minutes a day.

An interested child, old enough to take a little responsibility, can care for a few fowls as well as a grown person.

Every back yard in the United States should contribute its share to a bumper crop of poultry and eggs in 1918. 

In Time of Peace a Profitable Recreation.  In Time of War a Patriotic Duty.

Victory Flocks were encouraged during both World Wars, along with Victory Gardens – producing almost half of the produce America consumed during those devastating years.

Our country is at war, but the reason we should be concerned with growing and eating local and sustainable foods is not rationing at this point… how about Health (biosecurity, superior nutritional value in backyard eggs, etc)?  Food security (shipping costs, e-coli outbreaks in huge production facilities, etc)? Unstable economy (check the DOW lately)? Even if your family is beyond these concerns somehow, what about teaching our kids where food comes from, how to be at least partially responsible for an animal that responds to care and attention with breakfast?

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