Investing in Silver: Why Invest in Silver?

I had heard about silver as an investment for years but I only looked into it seriously about a year ago and that is when I started my initial investment in it. As with most of my research, it mostly consisted of internet research on silver investment sites and reading a few survivalist forums. Survivalists seem to be the most adamant group when it comes to silver investment and for good reason.

There are a few reasons why people choose to invest in silver:

Fragile Currency: The currency many countries is understood to have value and that value is backed by things i can’t even begin to explain because I don’t know enough about them. The most important thing to remember though is that the value of currency is always more than the value of the material it’s printed or stamped on. So there is nothing inherent in that currency that makes it valuable. Just the backing of that countries economy and the demand for their currency on a global scale. If something major were to happen, it is feasible that the value of the currency you use, would drop drastically or become useless. This is one of the things I gleaned from one of the many survivalist resources on the net. Now I don’t consider myself a survivalist but I can see where they are coming from. You would invest in silver in case a situation like this occurs so you have something for value to trade.

You can touch it: Sounds silly but silver is one of the few investments that you can actually see and touch other than say, a house. You can do this with money as well but most people keep that in banks so it just becomes electronic numbers. Nothing tangible there. You can invest in stocks but those are also all just numbers. People like the idea of having their investments liquid and easily accessible. I’m just going to keep referencing the survivalist mindset here but if something major were to happen and the banks crashed or your money and stocks were somehow deleted, where would you be? But if you had physical silver that you kept save in your own home, then you’d be able to trade that for food, goods and services. You can’t do that with investments that you don’t physically possess.

It’s a collectable: People love to collect things and silver is definitely a collectable item. Silver bullion comes in so many shapes, weights and sizes, it would be difficult to collect everything that is out there but one could try. Each country has its own designs for Silver Bullion. The United States of America has it’s American Silver Eagles and it Buffalo Rounds. Canada has it’s Silver Maple Leaf. Australia has its Silver Kookaburra. You pay less of a premium over spot for some of these than you will with others. Some have added ¬†value do to their designs or if they are limited edition even though they are all generally made of <.9 Silver. The make the idea of making silver collecting fun while still saving for your or your children’s future.

Diversification: Maybe you already have a lot of money invested elsewhere. Maybe you have some in the bank in some high-yield savings accounts or just your regular checking accounts, some stocks, a 401k or IRA, CDs, etc. Most people wouldn’t put their entire savings in one place, so silver is a good option for diversifying your investment portfolio.

Go on to How to Invest in Silver.

Silver Fox Rabbits

The Silver Fox Rabbit is a breed that was developed by a man named Walter B, Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The history of this breed stretches back to 1925 when it was recognized as a true breed by the American Rabbit Breed Association. The Silver Fox is a dual-purpose breed, raised for it’s meat and fur, although many people raise them now for show only, they are still an exceptional meat breed.

The Silver Fox is a large breed with Senior Bucks weighing at around 9-11 pounds and Senior Does weighing at at 10-12 pounds. As with most rabbit breeds, the females tend to be slightly larger than the males. They are fine boned but heavily muscled. This is actually a trait of many rabbit meat breeds. They are bred to put all their energy in muscle, rather than bone growth. This provides more efficient meat production and so this breed is an efficient choice for meat rabbit. They are said to have a high dress out ratio sometimes up to 65% of the whole undressed carcass is meat/bone although a dress out ratio of 50-50% is most common. Rabbits butchered around ten weeks have been know to produce a 2.5 to 3 lb dressed carcass.
The does of this breed produce larger litters and are good mothers. Litters of 4 to 12 have been seen but litters of 4 to 8 are most common. The does are also known for their fostering abilities, they will generally take other does unwanted kits quite readily.

Their coat is a black color at birth. The coat then begins to “silver” at around 4 weeks of age and the adult coat is completely silvered by 5 months of age. There is also a blue coated version of the Silver Fox but these are not as common as the black Silver Foxes. The blue coat is not even recognized by the American Rabbit Breed Association. The coat itself is very attractive and at least in the past, the pelt was very desirable but the modern rabbit fur industry seems to prefer only white pelts these days.

The breed has become displaced by New Zealand Rabbits and Californian Rabbits as the preferred meat breed in the states. Those two breeds are thought to be faster growers and more efficient meat producers than the Silver Fox. It is currently listed as Critically Endangered by the American Livestock breeds Conservancy with an estimated total population less than 500 in North America.

The Silver Fox is an excellent breed to both meat, fur and aesthetics. Personally, I would rather have a slightly less efficient but more attractive meat producing rabbit as opposed to the plain white New Zealands. What you lose in food efficiency, I believe you gain in the enjoyability of the breed, of course this is only my opinion and that can be said of any breed.

Black Copper Marans

Few people outside of the hobby farm world have heard of this breed but they are becoming increasingly popular especially with chicken fanciers. Black Copper Marans are a breed that originated in France. The hens tend to be mostly blank with a green sheen to their feathers and a color of copper colored feathers. The roosters can be quite striking, with a base of black feathers and shades of gold, copper and green feathers draping over the black ones. The roosters tail is a shiny dark green. The breed is very beautiful and would be great eye candy for any homestead. Although they are an attractive breed this is not why their popularity has increased. Their growing popularity is in large part due to the color of their eggs. They are brown egg layers but it’s a shade of brown not commonly seen in brown egg layers. A dark chocolate brown, which makes many brown eggs look almost pink or tan in comparison. A few other breeds lay eggs of this color the related Cuckoo Marans but also Welsummers.

The hens produce well, laying almost an egg a day, sometimes an egg every few days. A small family would have no problem meeting their egg needs with just a few hens. Some hens have been known to go broody very readily so they might even be an option for those looking to breed their own Black Copper Marans, without the hassle of the incubator. This breed is also integral in the creation of Olive Eggers. Oliver Eggers are a mix between Blue or Green Egg Layers such as Ameraucanas and Dark Brown Egg layers such as Black Copper Marans. THe cross breeds tend to produce a green eggs with gets coated with brown on the way out the chicken given an overall olivey color. They are quite interesting eggs and go well in a basket of various colored eggs.

The breed is also a large fowl breed that tends to be rather heavy and meaty. So one could raise them as a dual purpose breed. Now don’t for them to grow to butcher weight in 8 to 10 weeks like a cornish cross but the roosters will still provide a hearty and flavorful meal after a few months grow time. As you can see this breed is quite versatile. If you are interested in raising some of your own, you can find chicks and adults on craigslist or there are always people selling fertile eggs online if you are looking to incubate some yourself.