Baby chicks, ducks, geese, pigs…. There are so many animals you can get but here is what we got, the mistakes we made and what I want to get moving forward.
Geese // We got these aggressive birds as babies and so I thought they would grow to like us. They got more and more aggressive as time went by. Honestly,sometimes they scared me. They make this loud hissing sound when they are chasing you and so it can be a little intimidating. I’m sure it also looks pretty ridiculous for a grown woman to be screaming her head off as she is being chased and hissed at by a goose too. Ha
The good thing about geese is they are easy to take care of and they DO lay eggs. The eggs are HUGE too. The best part of having geese is they protect the other animals. I heard a farmer tell me that they would often get geese because they would chase off the coyotes.
I will most likely get me a few geese for this year moving forward.
Chickens // Who doesn’t have chickens on their farm? They are so easy to take care of, a little comical and lay you fresh eggs. I love it and will get me a dozen easter eggers this year.
Turkeys // My first turkey experience was in Idaho. The mama was sitting on a bunch of eggs and I was so excited about them hatching. Fast forward, we ended up buying about 4 turkeys and I loved it. They are kinda a goofy and dumb bird (every day at the sametime they would chase around the ducks and they run really funny) but super fun when they start showing off their feathers. They are also super easy to take care of so Ill get a few this year for the farm.
Ducks // The ducks we ended up getting were muscovy. They are gorgeous ducks with the sweetest temperaments. The mamas are the sweetest and I swear these ducks have little emotions. We had quit a few muscovy ducks and even had a mama hatch a couple. They don’t quack and are pretty easy to take care of.
Pigs // I am going to be looking into different kinds of pigs this year to get. They are super fun and have a lot of personality (and the babies are adorable) but a lot of work to take care of. They are also pretty clean. They poop in one pile and only lay in the mud when it’s too hot.
Goats // We had a few different types of goats and it was fun but not for me. They are way too high maintenance and not something I want to take care of as a single mama. Sheep are the same though they are absolutely adorable.
If you are looking into getting any farm animals, do yourself a favor. Research a ton, buy local with another farmer you trust. We got some of our animals at auctions and I didnt feel like they were treated very nice. It also always broke my heart to see the mamas being separated from the mama.