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There is something special that happens when you make the jump from just growing vegetables to raising living creatures. Once you add something like chickens to your land you are stepping into homesteading rather than simple gardening.
There are many types of meat-producing animals that you can raise on your land. You know, there are some that do more than just produce meat! Let’s look at a few of these animals in the section below for the ones to add to your homestead.
The old urban homestead standby is the chicken. We love those delicious eggs each morning and we even enjoy an old rooster or hen cooked in wine.
Chickens are easy to keep and they are lovely. Chickens are also a tremendous source of pest control and compost.
If you are looking for some red meat you should get your hands on some goats. These walking lawn mowers can be great for land management. You have to be careful about them getting into your gardens but goats are great.
They offer you milk and meat! Cannot beat that.
There is no meat source as prolific as rabbits. They are also delicious. Stewed or braised rabbit is absolutely a treat.
Those rabbit droppings can also be placed right into the garden. They need not be composted. Just an added benefit.
These bigger birds do a lot of the things smaller bird do. One of the best things they do besides eat well is deal with pests. Juvenile turkeys will eat everything that crawls and they dont scratch!
Often called the best bird for homesteading, quails are small, hardy birds that are great to eat and produce delicious little eggs. These little guys will blow you away. Of course, they are tasty treats for predators too, so be sure you have a good coop for them.