We’ve been on our little farmstead for almost two years now so it’s still a work in progress. Ultimately we’d like to be more self-sufficient and want to grow or raise most of our own food.
For us, farm animals were the easiest to start with. When we purchased our home, the previous owners offered us their donkey, Precious. They had already relocated their chickens and rabbits but were unable to find a home for Precious so we decided to keep her. She’s not the most friendly donkey but she’s a GREAT guard donkey.
We also had an existing chicken coop so it was a natural choice to get chickens. My husband had a co-worker who was looking to relocate four older hens because he was having a problem with snakes on his property and the hens were timid and scared so we ended up giving them a home also.
And then the insanity set in. I decided four chickens weren’t enough. It was spring and I had chick fever! Off to feed store we went and I came home with three Barred Rock chicks. They were the last of the chicks at the feed store we went to so, of course, I had to bring them home!
A week later my “chick fever” still hadn’t been cured so I came home from the feed store with more chicks. A half-dozen Buff Orpingtons this time.
These 13 chickens would make up our main flock for the next year…until I started hatching their eggs…but that’s another story.
The next addition to our little farmstead were quail. The chickens were providing us with eggs but no meat. I had just started reading about the benefits of raising quail and my husband happened to mention one weekend that he loved to eat quail. I did not know this! My husband is not much for sharing. The little light bulb in my head came one and I said we should start raising quail and…he agreed!
So off to Craig’s List I went to find a local breeder who would sell me some quail. We found Japanese Coturnix Quail for sale from a local breeder and that was the start of our quail adventure!
Next came ducks…
Then the rabbits…
And then finally, the Narragansett Turkeys…
These are all of the critters we have…for now. This spring, we’re hoping to add goats and sheep. But first…we have to get back to working on our garden.
I’ll be blogging more about our animal adventures so stay tuned!