what livestock do you keep?

Do you keep livestock? Having any problems? Want to talk about it, whether it be sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, bees or llamas, here is your place to discuss.
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what livestock do you keep?

Post: # 224554Post little blue duck
Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:28 pm

just being nosey really!
what livestock do you keep, and how does it help your Ish self-sufficiency?
and do they have names?! :flower:

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Post: # 224560Post niknik
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:08 pm

justb 2 chickens. would like a couple more, maybe a duck or so, couple pigs, and a oat. but would have to move tro somehere with a bit of land first!

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Post: # 224561Post Penny Lane
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:19 pm

Just 3 hens here, Barbara, Margo & Jerry. It's great being self sufficient in eggs but they have taken over the garden which means growing veg is impossible!
I do love them though :)
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Post: # 224655Post red
Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:33 pm

we have sheep, chickens and a cockerel, and a trio of muscovies

we also have pigs and turkeys, but they are in the freezer at the mo :)

yes we name everything. :icon_smile:

we raise sheep for meat, and for wool - we dye and spin our own wool.
we raise pigs for meat
chickens and ducks for meat and eggs
turkeys for meat
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Post: # 224662Post sarahkeast
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:18 pm

5 chickens [ex-bats] started with 8 then neighbours dog got some. couple are named, need to sort the rest !
2 cats and 1 persecuted border collie who is chased by all the other critters. 2 teenagers, far more trouble than animals
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Post: # 224663Post Chaldeonmenthe
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:30 pm

The chickens, ducks and turkeys were originally for meat, but now they are named they are purely egg sources. I have two milking goats called Geraldine and Babette, and their two kids which really should be weaned, but they just love their milk so much I haven't the heart to do it yet.

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Post: # 224699Post Mrs H
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:46 pm

We have 3 collies, 2 ex workers, 1 in training! Shep, Lula and Celia! 7 cats, all ratters, George, Dc, Lorenzo, Stumpy, Peas, Carrots, and Kitty! . 2 ferrets for hunting, Mitch and Lightening! 2 Geese, affectionately known as the Meaggy's!! And finally 6 hens without names, oh and Roly the rooster!!! X

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Post: # 224844Post little blue duck
Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:10 pm

better share mine...
loads of chickens, some ex-batts, some "adopted" and some home-incubated. eggs and cockerels for meat.
quail (eggs)
7 ducks (eggs, and cos they're funny!)
3 kune kune pigs for breeding (Murphy, Maud & Mildred) and their children for sausages in the summer.
3 goats, one milker Geraldine (currently in kid and dry!) a billy and their firstborn Max,
4 cats,(ratters, but love a cuddle!) a huge guard dog, Sheba the gsd
7 rabbits and at the moment, 12 guinea pigs. (some for breeding and some for selling. some just pets!)

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Post: # 224864Post Jacqui S
Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:17 pm

We have 6 chickens which we keep for eggs, all have been named by the children so we have Storm, Nutmeg, Thor, Toffee, Lavender and Pluto! We are also getting bees in a couple of weeks so we're very excited about that!

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Post: # 224869Post chuck_n_grace
Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:47 pm

Hi,
We only have goldfish...but they are beneficial...making poo for some of our veggies.

I called the zoning commission the other day and I'm not allowed to have chickens or rabbits unless we have 2 acres. Too bad!

If I could "de-cluck" a chicken we could keep them in the garage. :icon_smile:

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Post: # 224969Post Jorieke123
Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:07 pm

We have:
- 3 goats (2 female, 1 male 'Uri')
- 2 and a half sheep (1 male 'Sock', 1 female 'Trui' (=sweater), and 1 boy-lam)
- a lot of chickens. Only a few have names. Such as Ozzy, Sharon, Ernie, Roosty.
- 4 Geeze (2 female, 2 male)
- 3 pigs (2 female, 1 male, all KuneKune)

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Post: # 225056Post chicken feed
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:51 pm

we have 30ish chickens
13 pigs
1 dexter steer (living with parents 8 cattle)
we are waiting for 2011 goat kids and lambs for the freezer.

the chickens are for eggs & breeding the pigs cattle goats and lambs are for meat.

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Post: # 225521Post cocobelle
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:50 pm

Horse - she definitely does not help sustainablity as she is ancient and does nothing but eat.
Chickens.
Have had pigs and sheep (both pets in the end as I'm too much of a wimp to do anything else about them - the sheep were too pretty and the pigs hilarious).
So really only the lovely chickens and their eggs are remotely sutainable for me!
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Post: # 225606Post Mortimer657
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:56 pm

We have 4 Chickens on their way, just paid for them.We also have a Patterdale terrier who has attention deficit disorder, he's 6 months old :lol: . We then have 3 ferrets, all workers, a Peregrine for taking woodpigeon on the wing and a Buzzard which im in the process of training up to take rabbit and hares.
Of course i have future aspirations of getting a raptor that can take down something a little larger>>>>

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Cheers to all the guys on here for the advice on Keeping chickens, being a first timer to it and all :icon_smile: .

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