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Date:8/21/2014 9:01:41 PM
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Hi Derek, we have a little over 5 acres. Most of our birds are free ranging and the rest of the animals have a large barn surrounded by their own pastures/runs. We don't have a large number of goats or pigs, and at the moment all I have is my sow. The pigs and rabbits are mainly for meat, and the chickens are for both eggs and meat. It's important to us that we know where our food comes from, and even more important that our food grows up happy and healthy. I don't breed them in a production manner, although with the rabbits I try to aim for a healthy mix between the constant breeding a wild rabbit has and a routine that keeps my buns happy, but healthy. I have none that are underweight, even while nursing litters, and they all are in cages attached to runs with grass growing (and wire under it).

My pigs all seem to think they are big, bald dogs. They are social and friendly, and I don't have electric wire around them (well, 'her' at the moment). I've never needed it. Maybe it's not 'smart' from an insurance perspective, but at almost 600 pounds, Mama Begum seems content in the piggy digs. They are all (pigs, rabbits, chickens) well fed and run to see me. It makes 'those days' both easier and harder for me, but it's best for them.

We've added a small pond and a small orchard, and there are ducks and geese roaming there now, mostly just because we enjoy watching them. I'm in the process of finding new homes for the pygmy goats and will be getting Nubians next spring (now that the barn is just about finished!).

To be honest, we have the smallest digs on the property. We have a teeny cabin ~ less than 500 sq. ft. It's mostly kitchen, and after spending most of the day outdoors tending to everything, it's more than enough for us (and less for me to clean lol). We're aiming for sustainable, not any type of production farm.
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