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.