A recent survey conducted by the USDA shows that the average American family can feed around 3,200 chickens per acre per year.
That means a household with two or three chickens will need to provide at least three acres of pasture.
This is what that pasture looks like:So far, the number of chickens used to produce beef, pork and other livestock has declined dramatically over the past few decades, with the percentage of the American chicken population in production falling from an average of more than 1.2 million in the 1970s to less than 1 million in 2010.
The decline in domestic poultry production, however, has not been a complete one.
The chicken industry has also been the focus of a large amount of research, with a study conducted in the United Kingdom in 2013 showing that, in fact, domestic poultry is actually doing better than in the early 1990s, when it accounted for around 60 percent of the total U.S. poultry production.
This chart, created by the UK Department of Agriculture (DFO), shows how the chicken industry’s share of total U