Trying to decide which farm animals you want to buy first when you’re expanding a homestead can be difficult. Many of us want to “try it all”, and yet we cannot figure out where we want to start. We want to experience everything – Fresh Eggs, Raw Milk, Free Range Meat – but with limited resources, you’ll usually need to start a little at a time.
Which option will give you the most bang for the buck? Which option will let you enjoy a harvest from your livestock as quickly as possible without breaking the bank?
You certainly have a lot of options to choose from. Even if you say “I know I want chickens for eggs” – the world will open up to you when you see a catalog from a hatchery and realize just how many varieties of chickens there are. If you say, “I know I want milk” then you might be looking at a goats or cows – and each of those animals have multiple breeds as well.
All of these choices can be very intimidating to the new homesteader, and to the experienced family farmer as well! Since space is likely to be our most difficult consideration, we will break down some of the options based on the size of the available living area for your new livestock.
Farm Animals Suitable for Less Than 1 Acre
Poultry is a great option for an area less than 1 acre. They are also a good starting point if you are just starting to venture into livestock. They only need a small space to live comfortably, but they work just fine in large areas as well. I say Poultry, because there are a lot of options, such as: quail, chickens, ducks and turkey – as well as others.
Chickens are probably the most popular of these options. If you are considering chickens, be sure to research the many varieties of chicken breeds before making your purchase.