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Other than chickens, what animal(s) would you get for your farm/homestead?
July 20, 2010
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If you could get any animal that you wanted (other than chickens, dogs or cats) to add to your farm/acreage….what would it be and why?

 

Or what has been your favorite animal/livestock/etc you added to your place and why?

 

Thanks!happy-flower

July 20, 2010
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Alas, allergies preclude doing so, but if I had my way, this would be a veritable Noah's ark of animals!

Seriously, the most likely addition here would be a pair of llamas or alpacas.  I just love them, have been around some, and was able to see them wandering around the Andes, doing their natural thing.  Kind of left a very favorable impression, and I would still like to pursue that notion some day.  The other half is not so enthusiastic.  Of course, he wasn't particularly excited about getting chickens, but he is enjoying them as much as I am, maybe even more…     smiley-puppy

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July 20, 2010
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Hubby would like sheep and some beef cattle.  The kids and I think a few goats would be snappy, and I would like another well broke family horse and maybe a pony or a few minis.  We all love the 2 horses we have, so more could only be better!!!  heart  ( my profile pic is my two girls sniffing noses) Oh, and we would like some turkeys and  littlest dd would like rabbits and some mini call ducks too.  We are already well covered in the dog and cat areas.

July 20, 2010
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Ducks and guineas, and though dogs were excluded, I still want to get an Australian Shepherd, or a mixed Aussie at least. best dog I ever had was half Aussie and half Border Collie. I love a smart dog, though sometimes they're more trouble than a dumb one!

Also, our land would not support them, but I'd love to have a few sheep, and some goats again but that will wait till that 'someday' that's always out there.

Located in N.E. Ohio

July 20, 2010
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I still want a miniature elephant—to carry stuff and maybe to ride.   bug-eyed yes

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July 20, 2010
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I would like a couple of goats and pigs each year. I would also love to try geese but am afraid the geese would turn into pets like my ducks.

July 20, 2010
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I think that except for a few sheep, I'm pretty much where I want to be.

I have a milk cow, dairy goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, right now 1 horse, but she will be joined by 2 more before the winter…I know who and where they are, I know they are coming, it is just a matter of when the current owner is ready to let them go.

We are ready when she is.

I also have 2 dogs and somewhere between 15/18 cats.

 

What I won't do anymore, are pigs..we had a pig..it is in the freezer now..but that adventure will not be repeated.

We also have a lot of work with the turkeys and don't think it is worth doing it another year.

July 20, 2010
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Flatlander said:

I also have 2 dogs and somewhere between 15/18 cats.

 


 

Hooray—someone else with as many kitties as we have  help

July 20, 2010
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They are addictive eh?

(ok and they multiply easy lol)

For people who are worried about my cats, all the males except for the pure breed ragdoll are neutered.

I do realize that my ragdoll serviced the whole barn this spring.

We  decided yesterday that Jake will retire pretty soon… one more litter after the current one.

That will be the 5th litter for my ragdoll mommy Neko,  that is enough, I'm not a kitten mill and she is still my little kitty and not a breeding object.

I have 3 cats in the house..the others are in the barn…get food, catch food and twice a day a milk share.

July 20, 2010
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blueberrylu said:

Flatlander said:

I also have 2 dogs and somewhere between 15/18 cats.

 


 
Hooray—someone else with as many kitties as we have  help

 

No dogs here as we're not fenced and I hate seeing the neighbor's dogs running loose…and the ranchers will shoot them on sight if they find them around the cattle.

 

However, at last nose count, there were 17 kitties.  All the females have been spayed and all but 2 Toms that we can't catch have been neutered.  We're the unofficial area kitty rescue….and seem to attract all the strays.

I'd love to have goats and chickens…but we're back to the not fenced issue. Patchkat >^,,^<

July 20, 2010
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I have – two ducks, two geese, ten chicks, 7 dogs, one cat

I want- two goats (dwarf nigerians), two pigs, a milk cow and beef calf and my dream would be to have a horse.

I, however, live on 1/2 an acre and their won't be any of the “wants” gotten unless it's the two goats. I simply don't have the room.  I do, however, own a little larger plot where the house is my mom lives in and I think I could fit the cows and pigs on it –her eyesight  if bad and she can't see them and if her hearing goes :-) oh……and I guess her sense of smell too …pigs—will NEVER happen! She would kill me!

The horse will always just be a dream though …..unless….. I win the lottery and can buy ten acres somewhere and then I'm buying a BUNCH of horses!!! lol…..and a cow. I really want a cow. Bad. Really bad.

July 20, 2010
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Okay—–I just saw that 52 wants a mini elephant  bug-eyed    I wonder what kind of country living blog post Suzanne could come up with for that? laugh

July 20, 2010
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Only if there were such a THING as a mini-elephant.  I'm pretty sure the smallest Asian Elephant can onlly be considered far from 'mini'.  … llama's are excellent pack animals though!  Of course they won't allow riders!  ….A Dales Pony perhaps?  Of course Pokey and Jack are very strong, they can carry a good load, or even pull a cart!  Hmmmm, a cart?  Interesting!

Located in N.E. Ohio

July 21, 2010
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But elephants have those trunk utensil things and can carry logs around—–yes

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July 21, 2010
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Google tells me there are Pygmy Elephants in Borneo—-maybe 15,000 of them.  And, they're wanting to move some to safer places to avoid too much development there. I think Stringtown would make an excellent refuge—–not much developing going on there !!!    wink

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July 21, 2010
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52—that sounds like a great idea.  They can help you around the farm and they can also inspire Suzanne to do a blog on making an elephant ears recipe, just like you get at the fair.  Maybe the elephants could even help make the winter drive on the driveway safer—like pulling the cars up and down.  You'd better start planning this next gift now. cool

July 21, 2010
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We have had 2 llamas, 3 bison, a manx and the rest of our animals are fairly run of the mill. Norwegian Elkhound (I want to have a sled team someday), 2 regular cats, presently 4 little piggies, a horse and a Jersey.

Here is my “normal” wish list: I would like a guernsey. These were non-exsistent here, but I finally found a new small herd within a couple hours drive. Yay!!! It may happen…

I also would like guinea fowl and the real deal Araucana chickens. These chickens are extremely rare too, but oh so cool! Now on to my “strange” wish list…

I would like reindeer. Yes, you CAN get them you know, but I'm not sure that it is legal to have them in my province, not if they are classified as “deer”. Flatlander could get them, and I would come visit…she can legally keep them where she is. They are just as easy to raise as cattle, tastier they say, they all have super cool antlers…and you CAN milk them if you really want to! How about it, Flatlander? Up for it?

Hmmm…a milking moose could be interesting…I have read about them.

I have always wanted a wallaby, that is until I found out how delicate they are. So much for that childhood dream! 

My husband would like watutsi cattle and also to raise more bison in the future. He says that he would like a Brabant workhorse too, for pulling and farm work. It is the oldest, shortest, most muscled type of heavy.

My daughter wants all kinds of horses, like a gypsy vanner and so many others. She also wants a zebra.

Now…is anyone reading everyone's wish list who could fulfill all of them, or give us a deal or two? I'm sure we'd all love you forever! Maybe some of us could arrange some swaps! yes Can't help you with the elephant, though. Canada's mini elephants are presently extinct, and I am not sure how the border guys (or the postal service) would deal with it anyway. Maybe we could strap a big hose on the nose of something else for you, and glue rhubarb leaves on for the ears? shimmy

July 21, 2010
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I want a Dexter cow!

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July 22, 2010
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Well lets see. . .

We have quite an assortment.  3 inside/outside cats,  3 turles in aquariums, 4 hens, a rooster, 7 halfgrown chicks. 

We would love to have a pair of goats, pigs and a cow.  To have these, we would need a considerable bit more land than what we now have.  no  I would love to be able to have a bit more land to be more food independant.  2/3 of an acre is not very big.  

My budget plan is NOT getting a cart when I go to the store.

July 22, 2010
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LK said:

I would like reindeer. Yes, you CAN get them you know, but I'm not sure that it is legal to have them in my province, not if they are classified as “deer”. Flatlander could get them, and I would come visit…she can legally keep them where she is. They are just as easy to raise as cattle, tastier they say, they all have super cool antlers…and you CAN milk them if you really want to! How about it, Flatlander? Up for it?


 

Funny that you mention this…I tried, because I think they are sooo cool as a decoration against my pine trees.

Snow on the ground..geesh Santa would come and live with me.shimmy

However at the time…the cheapest I could find..where $3000.00 and they where in New York State..so how do I get them in Saskatchewan, Canada?

I got a cow and a horse now..who also look very cute against the pine trees.

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