Small livestock animals like chickens can have a big impact on your survival and self-reliance – if you know how to take care of them and safely turn them into a food supply. And there are plenty of breeds to choose from. People often have favorite chicken breeds, and arguments over the “best” breed can be as common as arguments over the “best” gun (depending who you hang out with). For many backyard birders, their meat chicken picks favorites are Brahmas, Jersey Giants, Langshams, and Cochins. And for egg production, Leghorns and Australorp hens can top the list (laying up to 300 eggs per year per bird). Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are also very popular layers, though not as productive. Whichever breed you choose, these birds have a lot to offer. Here are just three of the reasons you should invest in a few backyard chickens for your family’s survival.