More Diversification – Cattle, Horses, Hogs, Sheep, Fruit Orchards, Chickens. Added into the agricultural mix were farmers who had beef cattle, horses, hogs, sheep or fruit orchards. On numerous farms, the wives and children did their part to make ends meet by raising and tending chickens as both a source of income and a source of food through the consumption of the eggs and meat. “Egg money,” acquired by selling eggs to the city folk, was often the solution for farm families to meet various expenses. Photo: HCHM collection.