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Melanie    Posted 09-14-2004 at 13:47:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
...variation on a theme here.
It'll be a few more years before we can afford a house out of the city, but when we do I want to have a little bit of livestock.
So here's my question:
If you had the chance to start up a really small-time little deal, like five or six acres, what kind and how many animals would you prefer to have, or think it smartest to have? In terms of what they produce (chickens is already on my list, but I'm torn between cow and goat), what they cost to keep up, relative difficulty of upkeep, and so on. Thanks in advance!~

Melanie    Posted 09-14-2004 at 19:09:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
But that also doesn't account for me wanting a kitchen garden too, nothing huge, but enough to do some canning out of. So maybe six critters, and duct tape the goat to the barn wall? ;)

KatG    Posted 09-14-2004 at 18:22:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Melanie...Chickens are a must where I am concerned...their eggs pay for the other livestock feed as well as theirs...I enjoy my chickens...
We have Jersey cows also...One milk cow very pregnant that may give birth tonight...The milk is out of this world..One little heifer calf that is 7 days old that I am bottle feeding and one Jersey bull that soon will become a steer and be our "tester" bull...I never knew I could love a cow as I do that little Jersey calf I am bottleing feeding...We have talked about goats also...I have had them and enjoyed them so...hubby will have to build more fences before we get them though...Don't forget cats to keep down mice in the barn an a good watch dog...although we haven't got one of those yet..Our animals keep us busy and when you have a milk cow don't plan on any vacations...but we like it at home better than anywhere...Best of luck...planning is the fun part ...KAtG

Ladiebaker    Posted 09-14-2004 at 16:10:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good question am wondering this same thing as we are closing on a house with 5 acres and am thinking of what and how many animals to have.
We have chickens now but want other animals too.

Donna from Mo    Posted 09-14-2004 at 14:01:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it had decent pasture, you could support one cow on five acres, plus the calf she'd have every year. Possibly two, but in a dry year you'd have to bring in hay in summer. Of course, you'd be buying hay in the winter anyhow. Five acres will support LOTS of goats; they don't eat a lot. And if it's brush and timber, so much the better. Goats are browsers, and would rather eat brush than the finest pasture.

Rickstir    Posted 09-15-2004 at 09:08:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've read in English small farming that bringing hay onto your place is a good long-term investment in that the manure stays on the farm and can be used to fertilize both the garden and the pasture.

Les...Yabbut    Posted 09-14-2004 at 15:03:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goats, as cute and entertaining as they are, can be a huge PITA. Better have 'em well contained.

RN    Posted 09-14-2004 at 17:47:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Need good fences. Sheep for company calms goats some. 5 acres -maybe 10 total critters. RN

Donna    Posted 09-14-2004 at 15:12:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right, and that's why Cliff says we'll never have another goat on the place. Their natural curiosity gets them in lots of trouble, and they'll climb on anything (especially new cars) and eat your favorite young fruit trees. Been there, done that... and more! They can be fenced in... the trouble is, when they see someone open a gate to drive through with a tractor, they'll break their necks trying to run through ahead of the tractor... and usually succeed.

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