If you want to save some money while nurturing other creatures and you like the idea that every member of your household pulls their own weight, there are plenty of pets that will contribute to your budget by providing you with food. Here are three potential options that could enrich your life in more ways than one.
Bees might not be the cuddliest of creatures, but keeping them is a very rewarding experience. Plus, since many types of bees are now on the list of endangered species, keeping them is also a great way to help the environment. While setting up your hives does involve an initial investment, you will be able to enjoy fresh honey or even make some money by selling it. Basic costs will include the bees, the beehives and, of course, a suit to protect you from any stings. Although some people are afraid of bees, it’s worth mentioning that they are usually reluctant to sting. Unlike wasps and hornets, bees die after stinging, and most are not aggressive.
Chickens have been growing in popularity over the years, and it’s easy to see why. They have their own unique personalities, and many bond with their owners, especially if they are raised from chicks. After you invest in building or purchasing a coop, chickens are very inexpensive to maintain. In order to keep them healthy and happy, giving them some room to roam is ideal.
Some chicken keepers allow small flocks to roam their yard during the day and lock them in coops at night. If this isn’t an option, make sure you have a chicken coop with a sizable covered run. One of the great benefits of keeping chickens is having fresh eggs, which taste noticeably better (and are often healthier) than store-bought eggs. Chicken feed is vital to egg-laying and overall health of the chickens. However, chicken feed is very inexpensive, and you can give your birds table scraps as treats.
If you live in an area where zoning allows, keeping goats as pets can be a fun and rewarding experience. Goats are intelligent animals capable of bonding with their owners, and they’re also a source of nutritious goat milk. If you’re short on space, consider pygmy goats. These pint-sized animals are common as house pets and aren’t expensive to keep. If you’re willing to think outside the box, there are plenty of pets that can offer both companionship and nutrition. Do your research, set up a suitable home and enjoy bringing some new pets into your life.