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What do you recommend for First Livestock to get for a homestead?

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We are trying to decide on what animals to get first and while chickens seem to be an easy choice when it comes to livestock we get lots of suggestions.  What thoughts are there with regards to first animals to get for people that are new to raising livestock.  Also, due to scheduling we may not be able to get any until November so would it be suggested to wait until spring?

Category: asked July 7, 2012

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Depends. Personal likes is the best place to start. I would stay with small easy animals then move to larger ones. A sheep is much easier to put back in the pen than a 1200 pound cow. In the chicken market there are bantams that are small and take less feed if space be a problem. Rabbits are quite and take little space in a rabbit hutch. Just a few ideas.

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Yes, wait until spring. Have everything ready for them. Ready all the good mags like Backyard Poultry, Countryside, Backwoods Home and such so you know what you’re getting into. Chickens are probably the easiest small livestock to start with. Research the breeds and breed features so you know exactly what you want and what suits your terrain, weather and economy.

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Yes, wait until spring. Have everything ready for them. Ready all the good mags like Backyard Poultry, Countryside, Backwoods Home and such so you know what you’re getting into. Chickens are probably the easiest small livestock to start with. Research the breeds and breed features so you know exactly what you want and what suits your terrain, weather and economy.