On our homestead, we have a nice variety of animals. We’ve got ducks, chickens, a dog, and a cat. This spring a Coturnix quail colony will be joining us. Not too shabby for a quarter of an acre. Animals are an integral part of the homestead. From house cats to horses, I will teach you how to care for your furry and feathered friends.
Chickens are great starter livestock for your homestead. They are really easy to care for and I’m happy to help you get started. Just be careful, the hardest thing about raising chickens is knowing when to stop bringing them home. I only wanted a few chickens and now our property is overrun with them. Chicken Math will get you every time.
Ducks are a wonderful edition to the homestead. They provide eggs just as regularly (or even more often than) chickens. They provide wonderful bug control and tend to stick close to home. Duck eggs are wonderful for baking. They make baked goods light and fluffy.
Do you want fresh milk for drinking and making cheese? Not everyone has room for a whole cow. With goats available in a variety of sizes, chances are you can find one that is right for you. When they are not being milked, you can find them tending the land for you. Goats are wonderful at clearing land.
Yes, I do let the chickens and ducks in the house from time to time, but my household pets mainly consist of a dog and a cat. Natural care is important not only to the animals that feed us, but to the animals that act as our companions.
You have never seen a more quirky homestead critter than a quail. They are so funny to watch and will begin amusing you from the day you hatch. Despite their small stature, quail produce delicious eggs at a marvelous rate. Quail are perfect for a small or city homestead as you can house quite a few in very little space.
Pets make fabulous companions. They can also be a fiber artist’s dream. Rabbits come in all sorts of sizes and are bred for a variety of purposes. No matter what your need on the homestead is, you can find a rabbit that’s right for you.
General Livestock Care
How to care for all the livestock who calls your homestead home.