Back in March ’13 we became quite the little farm.
We picked up 2 pigs, 1 pregnant goat, 1 goat with twin boys, 2 Cayuga ducks, and a couple of more chickens.

That summer was a summer of learning. We were blessed to be able to go on vacation and pay our neighbor to care for the animals.

Loss on the Farm

  • We lost 2 chickens to predators
  • We lost the ducks to predators
  • We butchered the older set of boy goats
  • We butchered the pigs

What we learned

  • Even when you KNOW you are getting those goats to eventually put in the freezer it will still be hard
  • Pigs are easier
  • You really like that you can pay the butcher to come out to the house
  • I like to watch my chickens
  • Goat can be noisy
  • Not all goat milk tastes the same

Final ThoughtsRaising Chickens 101

We got the animals to be more self sufficient.
It is going to be great to have our own pork in the freezer.
I have heard goat is yummy.
Better to learn now rather than later when works for us.
We also learned, from a security standpoint, goats probably won’t be a smart route. Or roosters 🙂
We have invested quite a bit in cattle panels, but now we have them.
We will probably do pigs again. Having them butchered wasn’t a problem mentally.
I think maybe rabbits for long term production, although you can’t live on rabbit alone.

What farm animals do you have?

5 Level of Preparedness
Bug Out or Bug In
Family Plan
Farm Animals
First Aide
Got Power
Got Shelter?
Kids or No Kids
Op Sec
Practice What You Preach~Power Outage Practice
Skills to Have
Urban vs Rural

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