Raising Animals On A Farm

So, you’ve decided to say adios and goodbye to life in the city and move to a country farm where you can live off the land.

It’s a great plan for your health, longevity, budget, family life, spiritual growth and peace of mind.

Read about raising chickens...

Of course farm life won’t support most of us. Some of us still have to work at the standard 9-5 job, but you can work from home now that we’re in the internet age. (See a range of work at home options here.)

Yet, even if you can’t swing the work at home lifestyle right away and save yourself the commute, you can still live in the country and raise or grow your own food on a small piece of land. All you need is some pasture, some form of chicken coop or barn, and a small garden plot.

Read about raising cows...

Which Farm Animal is Right For You?

Chickens are relatively easy to grow and provide meat as well as eggs. Pigs aren’t terribly demanding in their needs, space and time invested. How about geese? They’re great as watchdogs, eggs (although monstrous), and meat.

Of course I’m leaving out cows and goats for the moment because they do require more time and care than any of the above mentioned farm animals.

As for me, I started small on my hobby farm. First I had laying hens, then meat birds and turkeys.

After all went well, it was onto raising pigs and goats, a dairy calf, then a beef bull, and an awesome horse for my daughter that was 1/4 Percheron and 3/4 pony – she turned out to grow to a mid-size horse with a comfortable gait that won many ribbons in horse pulling competitions.

So what’s right for you? Surf around using the links at right and get a glimpse of country living and raising animals.

Feel free to email at any time to chat about country living, ask questions about farm animals, or inform me of your personal experiences. I’m always happy to receive your emails, lend a hand and learn something new!

A singing pig? No, she's just yawning, but I'm keen on farmyard photos with mouth shots.

Laura Childs, Country Living author and editor at GoodByeCityLife.com

9 Comments to "Raising Animals On A Farm"

  1. Erin's Gravatar Erin
    December 21, 2009 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    My parents live on 20 rural acres and are considering perchasing some farm animals for meat and possibly eggs and dairy. I have done a little resarch and am realizing they most likely want to start out with chickens. Do you have a breed recomendation for first timers? They are interested in meat and eggs. Also, can you recommend any books for beginners?

    Thank you for your help.

    • dylan beards's Gravatar dylan beards
      September 9, 2010 - 9:17 am | Permalink

      hi i have some domniques and me and my family love them they are gentle chickens that produce very large amounts of eggs

  2. Maria's Gravatar Maria
    March 15, 2010 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    i want to live and off of the land and i don’t know where to start this path help?

  3. Destinee's Gravatar Destinee
    August 14, 2010 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    how often should you check to see if your chickens have started layinng eggs

  4. Pedro Ortiz's Gravatar Pedro Ortiz
    February 17, 2011 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I need information on sheeps parasites treetment.

  5. Terry Felty's Gravatar Terry Felty
    March 21, 2011 - 10:42 am | Permalink

    Can I raise Chickens, Pigs, & Cows togather in the same pasture?

  6. Patrick's Gravatar Patrick
    March 25, 2014 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I only have one or two acres to raise anything and I work forty hours a week but other than the forty hours I have plenty of time to work with them. I can build great cages and sheds for them but I’m not sure what to raise. Any ideas?

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