I’m almost 66. We have chickens. :)
What people don’t really get is that food is ridiculously cheap. And the needs of the elderly are minimalist, to say the least. I love steel cut or course rolled oats. It’s very healthy and costs a few cents per serving. Salt and sugar and water. No milk.
If you know how to cook from scratch, using staple ingredients, it is possible to eat well for relatively little money.
That’s how my mom did it. We had a large family, and for much of that time my dad was not making a whole lot of money.
I get eggs at Kroger for 85 cents a dozen, even less if they’re on sale. I get milk for $1.49/gallon. I have almost no appetite (that’s a bad thing) but I could easily survive on less than $5/day for food.
I have chickens too.
All you need is about 4 and one rooster, and you have a never-ending supply of eggs and food.
Every 21 days you can hatch a dozen more. 8-12 weeks later you cull the roosters and keep hens for eggs. When they get old you butcher them for soup chickens.
I have not purchased eggs or chicken in 2 years, and I spend about $25 a month on feed.
I’ve sold dozens of eggs. And given away eggs and frozen chicken to my children.
Water and milk. No sugar.
I’m almost 75. We raise chickens too.
We eat chicken roasted, baked, BBQed, fried, chicken enchaladas, chicken salad, chicken stock/noodle soup, sesame chicken, chicken with dumplings, or in rice casseroles. The list goes on. A whole chicken goes a long way and can be used in many ways.
We even compost the chicken **** for the garden and anything left over the cat gets.
And our chickens lay eggs too. Thank GOD I’m a country boy.