I researched this long and hard. There are so many pros and cons to having certain livestock, but it boils down to two things: 1.) We only have about 2-3 acres to fence. and 2.) We are broke.
When I researched feed, space, and resources I knew chickens would be beneficial. Chickens are able to be kept in enclosed areas and need roosting areas for eggs. They require about 1 square foot per chicken. Their feed is fairly cheap considering other livestock and they come with a lot of resource ideas. They produce eggs, meat, new chicks, and great compost. I would like to be able to utilize a chicken for every aspect. My husband and I determined if we rotate hens with a rooster we can have a new set of chicks per hen (4-6 hens).