Backyard flocks might not fly with the seasons, yet their wild instincts play an important role in social bonds and creating a collaborative community.
Many of these heritage poultry breeds date back to early America, when farmers needed birds that were cold-hardy and good for eggs as well as meat.
Chicks, ducklings and goslings are available from many sources. Here are some pros and cons of each, as well as the idea of buying grown birds.
This round of contenders is led by a calf and a goat. Also making appearances are goslings, pigs, chickens, a cow and her calves, and a very cute bunny.