The Goats – Our small herd consists of three Nigerian Dwarf does, two Alpine does, one Nubian doe and a Nigerian buck named Pac-Man. We started off showing the Nigerian Dwarfs as a project for our first two kids that were about six years old at the time, that are now 12. We now have a second set of 6 year old and the Nigerians are still around. We traded a couple of Nigerians last year for the two Alpine does and we purchased the Nubian just a couple of months ago for milk production.
Chickens – We got the chickens just a month or two after moving into our home back in 2004 and we have had them ever since. there are several breeds that are great egg producers and we have tried several of them. The eggs are so much better than what you get at the store. My kids can tell the difference in the taste and that tells me a lot.
Quail – The quail have been here for a bout two months now and we are about to hatch a couple hundred of them. The eggs are great to eat and in fact my six year old twins like to have them as an after school snack. They each will peel and eat about 5 of them and then be satisfied until dinner time.
The Horse – Now of course the horse is just for fun. he was borne here at our place and in about another year we will be able to start riding him. My oldest daughter is the one interested most in horses and she will be doing most of the training.
Tilapia are a really hardy fish that I am growing in my back yard in a 55 gallon barrel. It so simple to do and I can’t wait to grill up the first one. Now when i say hardy I mean HARDY. these guys have been in water almost 100 degrees F. and they are still swimming around. They eat crunched up dry leaves, grass clippings and ground up dry dog food. They are easy to keep and cheap to feed.
The Red Wrigglers – We have a couple of worm beds going and the castings make GREAT fertilizer for the garden and the on occasion the chickens and fish will get a treat of a few worms. These little guys make a great contribution to the farm.