BACKYARD BARNYARD ON LIVING GREEN CHANNEL

Host Elizabeth Chambers chats with Jordanne about the benefits of citified farm animals.

Since 2002, Jordanne and her family have shared their urban homestead with a menagerie of animals — chickens, ducks, two rescued cats, red wiggler worms (which compost garbage) and two goats (Nigerian Dwarf and a Pygmy goat. All the animals are treated with love, care and respect and full attention is given to their comfort and needs. Each breed is carefully researched and selected to fit into our urban homestead lifestyle and housing arrangements are designed for the animals’ preferences and needs but with unique, space saving innovations. The family is vegetarian and none of the animals are raised for meat related purposes.

Note:  We can’t stress this enough.  Do your homework!   Before you take the first step, check your city ordinances for raising poultry and livestock.  Also make sure that you understand that many animal vets are not trained to treat these types of animals and if you animal does get sick you may the only person who will be able to treat it.   Besides providing the animals with adequate housing,  make sure you read up about maintenance and health of the animals such knowledge is valuable to the welfare of the animals (and not to mention your state of mind)  Raising backyard barnyard animals is a great responsibility one that reaps many rewards under proper planning and consideration.

Comments(14)

  1. Tracy from Kansas says:

    It’s great to see the “quieter” one of the family talking so much about a subject she obviously has a passion for. 🙂 Great video

  2. Tracy from Kansas says:

    It’s great to see the “quieter” one of the family talking so much about a subject she obviously has a passion for. 🙂 Great video

  3. Elizabeth Chambers says:

    Jordanne, I apologize profusely for mispronouncing your name. It was early and my brain had not yet woken up. Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge and wonderful spirit.

  4. Elizabeth Chambers says:

    Jordanne, I apologize profusely for mispronouncing your name. It was early and my brain had not yet woken up. Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge and wonderful spirit.

  5. Becky L. says:

    Thanks Jordanne for a great interview on the animals! Thanks to your inspiration we now have three chickens on our “homestead”. We LOVE them. They have so much character and watching them melts the stress away!

    Would love to see the latest you’re doing with vermiposting…

  6. Becky L. says:

    Thanks Jordanne for a great interview on the animals! Thanks to your inspiration we now have three chickens on our “homestead”. We LOVE them. They have so much character and watching them melts the stress away!

    Would love to see the latest you’re doing with vermiposting…

  7. Ariella says:

    Dear Dervaes,

    I loved watching these videos on the Living Green Channel. And you guys really are so inspiring! I have taken so much from looking at your blog, and while I don’t have more than 3-4 months of weather to work with here in Montreal, I have started a small garden in my backyard space and am preparing the side yards for expansion on next years gardening. Just like Jules says, “It’s a work in progress”, and I’m enjoying the journey.

    This was my first year to rip up the yard, and what kept my spirits up and complaining down was having your blog and garden to stay focused on. I check it almost every day. Keep up the work and know that you guys are causing major change…one gardener at a time!

  8. Ariella says:

    Dear Dervaes,

    I loved watching these videos on the Living Green Channel. And you guys really are so inspiring! I have taken so much from looking at your blog, and while I don’t have more than 3-4 months of weather to work with here in Montreal, I have started a small garden in my backyard space and am preparing the side yards for expansion on next years gardening. Just like Jules says, “It’s a work in progress”, and I’m enjoying the journey.

    This was my first year to rip up the yard, and what kept my spirits up and complaining down was having your blog and garden to stay focused on. I check it almost every day. Keep up the work and know that you guys are causing major change…one gardener at a time!

  9. Christine says:

    Excelent! I miss the animals the most! I can’t wait to get a couple goats or a mini Jersey, chickens and other fowl. If the Lord is willing, I sure am willing. My first year garden is not doing well despite the good growing weather. I can’t water, as we don’t have a well yet. Actually we only have the land, and the garden. Everything else will follow as we can get it done. Next year, lots of manure for garden and other elements for the fertility of the soil. I love looking at your site every day if I have the chance. Thanks again! C

  10. Christine says:

    Excelent! I miss the animals the most! I can’t wait to get a couple goats or a mini Jersey, chickens and other fowl. If the Lord is willing, I sure am willing. My first year garden is not doing well despite the good growing weather. I can’t water, as we don’t have a well yet. Actually we only have the land, and the garden. Everything else will follow as we can get it done. Next year, lots of manure for garden and other elements for the fertility of the soil. I love looking at your site every day if I have the chance. Thanks again! C

  11. Sinfonian says:

    Love the videos! Computers and animals, what a dicodomy! Love it! Way to go Jordanne! Your animals are gorgeous! Truely amazing.

    I was at a park where they have ducks and a few chickens/roosters. Apparently they’re a dumping ground for unwanted chicken pets. Definitely do your homework. Barnyard animals are a ton of work, but as you say, worth it.

    I’ve asked twice for chickens. I was told emphatically no. /sigh My cholesterol couldn’t handle it anyway.

  12. Sinfonian says:

    Love the videos! Computers and animals, what a dicodomy! Love it! Way to go Jordanne! Your animals are gorgeous! Truely amazing.

    I was at a park where they have ducks and a few chickens/roosters. Apparently they’re a dumping ground for unwanted chicken pets. Definitely do your homework. Barnyard animals are a ton of work, but as you say, worth it.

    I’ve asked twice for chickens. I was told emphatically no. /sigh My cholesterol couldn’t handle it anyway.

  13. Judy says:

    Oh I loved the videos on the animals 🙂 I think that they are such an important part of sustainability…. I am still working on DH about getting a few chickens and I actually think that we might next year. I’ve got alot of work and planning to do before then though. I’ve been busy buying books and reading alot. I would love to see more posts from Jordanne about raising chickens, especially housing and feeding them. I’m worried about predators here because we have alot of woods around us and plenty of snakes, coons, possums….. I want to make sure that they have a nice, safe shelter. So more information on your chickens would be SO appreciated!!

  14. Judy says:

    Oh I loved the videos on the animals 🙂 I think that they are such an important part of sustainability…. I am still working on DH about getting a few chickens and I actually think that we might next year. I’ve got alot of work and planning to do before then though. I’ve been busy buying books and reading alot. I would love to see more posts from Jordanne about raising chickens, especially housing and feeding them. I’m worried about predators here because we have alot of woods around us and plenty of snakes, coons, possums….. I want to make sure that they have a nice, safe shelter. So more information on your chickens would be SO appreciated!!

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