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If you live in an urban area and are interested in raising your own meat or animal products. there are more options than what you might think. Before investing in the animals, housing and other supplies, be sure to check with your city ordinances! Doing so could save you a lot of trouble and money down the road. If you are wanting to be a breeder, you will also need to check regulations before raising and selling. The intent here is to provide information on small animals suitable for raising in backyards. Our focus will be on meat and other animal products. WARNING: Keep your distance and don't become too attached!
Ducks & Geese
One's first thought would be to raise ducks and geese for their meat. Another product would be their eggs. Duck and goose eggs are great for eating. Some people prefer to use duck eggs over chicken eggs for baking. Another use of the eggs would be to blow out the insides and decorate the shells.
Now for a couple animals I have never been around or raised... Quail and cattle. I will share what I do know.
Exercise caution before breeding! Due to their small size I would be concerned about breeding and the ability to give birth naturally. To avoid the stress and expenses associated with problem deliveries, do you research first.
I hope the information above has been helpful and inspired you to raise a few backyard animals. But watch out, before you know it you will be moving to the country in search of larger pasture!
What a bitterly cold start to our week here in Texas! We had to light a fire in the fireplace to chase away the winter chill last night. Today, the sun managed to come out. It was a beautiful site to see all the ice on the trees glistening in the sunlight. I almost missed it!
When I left the house for the short walk out to my office this morning, I narrowly escaped slipping on ice. A couple of hours later, while heading out to the post office, the sun was beginning to show it's face. You could see the drip-drops falling to the ground as the ice began to melt. It was so beautiful. One of those sights missed all to often.
It amazes me how bone-chilling cold and depressing winter can be when the sun hides behind the clouds and overcast sky. Then just as soon as the sun peeks out, all is bright and cheerful again, as instantly as flipping on a light switch in the house.
Walking out to feed the chickens, I had another reminder winter would soon be over. The daffodils have began popping up out of the ground. Yes, spring is on the way. But for now we will continue to bundle up in our winter clothes. Cheers and stay warm everyone!
Yes, pun intended.
1. Size Matters - The thicker stalks are good for roasting and grilling. The thin stalks can be eaten raw, blanched or in a stir-fry
2. Did you know asparagus is in the lily family? That's why it's best to store it standing in a jar of water in the refrigerator.
3. Cut off the woody bottom part of the stalks and toss in the compost pile. Chop, eat raw or cook the upper part of the stalk.
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A Mattingly - Owner and operator of Our Little Barnyard. Can't believe it's been over twenty years since I started living the farm dream! What an amazing and challenging journey it has been!
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