I'm always curious what sorts of animals are homesteaders' favorites. For those of you with animals, which ones are the ones you'd just not want to do without?
Here's a quickie list of what animals I think I'd love someday. Perhaps it will change, be limited modified, etc.
But for now, here 'tis.
1. Irish Dexter Cattle,
for meat and sale, and possibly one to milk
2. Miniature (Guinea) Jersey,
to milk, and love, and did I mention love?? (Gosh, I love Jerseys)
3. Soay Sheep,
for so very very many reasons, the least of which is because I'm in love with them. Wool for the handspinning market, for sale, weed control, survival of the breed, and meat. I LOVE this breed!
layers of brown or colored eggs only. For mainly eggs, but some meat, thus dual purpose birds. And I need their poop for fertilizer once it composts.
2. Black Australorps
3. Buff Orpingtons
4. Partridge Rocks
5. Silver Laced Wyandottes
6. Golden Laced Wyandottes
7. Speckled Sussex
8. Black Jersey Giants
5. Great Pyrenees or other livestock dog, if needed. But I want a dog or two, regardless. I love them, and I don't feel safe without them.
6. Barn cats
to mooch treats, catch rodents, and be enthroned upon laps.
7. Minature donkey,
to adore, and to be a guard companion to the sheep.
8. Dwarf rabbits,
for adoring and for shuttling their poop to the garden.
a heritage breed. For beauty. And making life miserable for snakes. Maybe occasionally meat. Maybe.
heritage breed, weeding and meat. And making life miserable for snakes.
gentle one for riding. Preferred breed, Rocky Mountain.
I love bees and really want them because there need to be more bees, and I'd love the pollenation benefits. And honey!
13. Wildebeest (Who Gnu??)
Just kidding. Just seeing if I put anyone to sleep...