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Animals are the heart of any homestead or small farm. Learn the basics of caring for chickens, sheep, goats, and more. Put on your chore boots and let's begin.
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5 Easy Animals to Raise on the Small Farm
Wondering what are the five easiest animals for the beginning small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer? Here are my choices.


Learn everything you need to know about how to raise pigs on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Find and Establish a Farm or Large Animal Veterinarian or Vet
Developing a relationship with a large animal or farm vet can be key to your success as a farmer. Learn how to find a veterinarian and how to get started - before you get your farm animals.

What Animals Should I Raise?
If you're just starting your small farm or homestead, figure out what animal breeds - from chickens to goats - are a good fit for your goals and plans.

How to Raise Sheep
Raising sheep and lambs can be intimidating when you don't know where to begin. Learn the basics here so you can have happy, healthy ewes, rams and lambs.

Should You Raise Pigs?
Find out whether raising pigs on the small farm is right for you.

Preventing Pig Problems and Diseases
Keep your pigs healthy and happy on your small farm or homestead - protect them from predators, health issues, and more.

Processing Pigs on the Small Farm
If you want to process your own pigs on your small farm or homestead, learn what's involved in the slaughter and processing steps.

How to Choose Pig Breeds
Learn how to pick a heritage breed of pig to raise on your small farm.

How to House and Fence Pigs
Learn how to house and fence your pigs properly on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Raise Piglets
Learn how to raise happy, healthy pigs from baby piglets, on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Choose Sheep Breeds
Raising sheep? Learn which sheep breeds are best for your small farm, hobby farm or homestead goals, whether those be to raise sheep for meat, wool, milk or all three.

How to Feed and Water Pigs
Learn how to feed and water your pigs properly on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Should You Raise Sheep?
Should you raise sheep and lamb? Are you raising them for meat, milk, or wool? What are the factors to consider when deciding whether to raise sheep on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm?

Should You Raise Rabbits?
Learn why rabbits are a great choice for the beginning small farmer, homesteader, or hobby farmer.

How to Raise Rabbits on the Small Farm
Everything you need to know to raise rabbits for meat on your small farm, hobby farm, or homestead.

How to House Rabbits
Learn about how to build a rabbit hutch that will keep your rabbits happy and healthy on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Raise Rabbits on Pasture
Raising rabbits on pasture is possible and can be a great alternative to conventional methods for raising rabbits on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Process Rabbits on the Small Farm
Learn how to process, slaughter and butcher your rabbits on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

How to Choose Rabbit Breeds
Learn which rabbit breeds are best for your purpose: meat, pet, or wool/pelts.

How to Feed Rabbits
Learn how to properly feed and water your rabbits on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Getting Started With Raising Rabbits
Learn how to get started with raising and breeding rabbits on your small farm, home or homestead.

Guard Llamas on the Small Farm
Guard llamas can be a great way to keep your livestock safe. Learn the pros and cons of having a guard llama or group of llamas.

Raising Ducks for Meat and Eggs
Duck eggs and duck meat are becoming more and more popular. So why not raise ducks for eggs and/or meat on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead? If you've raised chickens, you can raise ducks - give it a try!

Raising Icelandic Sheep on the Small Farm
Icelandic sheep are an ancient, heritage breed from Iceland that are very hardy and self-sufficient compared to modern breeds of sheep. Learn why they might be a great choice for your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

Livestock Guardian Dogs on the Small Farm
Livestock guardian dogs, or LGDs, can be a great addition to a small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Learn what they are, what they do, and why you might - or might not - want to add one or more to your small farm.

Choosing a Livestock Guardian Dog Breed
A livestock guardian dog can be a great addition to your small farm, homestead or hobby farm. But which breed of LGD is best? Here's a guide to some of the more common LGD breeds in the United States today.

How to Train a Livestock Guardian Dog
Training a livestock guardian dog, or LGD, is different from training any other kind of puppy or dog, even those used for hunting or obedience. Learn how to train your LGD right.

Urban Beekeeping
Learn how to keep bees safely and healthily in urban and suburban hobby farms and homesteads.

Egg Laying Problems with Chickens on the Small Farm
Chickens lay eggs, but sometimes those eggs are extra-large, super-tiny or otherwise weird. Are these egg-laying problems?

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