More and more homesteading and backyard farms are becoming popular.
If you are like me thinking about how to best start a farm can be a bit stressful. It’s important if you start a backyard farm that it is running smoothly and sufficiently. Well if you are contemplating on starting that backyard farm take a look at these 4 different farm designs for self sufficiency:
There are a few important things you need to remember when designing your backyard farm
like which animals can be companions, the accessibility of your animal areas, and how to simplify with sustainability practices.
- Goats and sheep are buddies, but you need to make sure breeding males don’t have access to them at all times, (and definitely don’t encourage cross-breeding!Ask me how I know.)
- Chickens can be around cows, sheep, & goats, but it’s best to allow chickens access to lots of areas, because if you keep all your chickens with your milking animals, the chicken poop isn’t ideal to be around an udder that is providing your family’s milk because of the higher chance of campalobacter & e-coli bacteria. Now, I’m not saying you need to freak out if you chicken roams around your milking animals, but I wouldn’t keep the chickens locked in the goat pen, if you catch my drift.
Do you have a backyard farm? Any other tips?