posted on Jun, 10 2010 @ 12:12 PM
I've got and would recommend chickens and ducks. Mine run wild all day and only require feed at the worst winter times. They can protect themselves
better than ppl realize. I gotta add, if my birds all get noisy, I go checking. Geese and turkey are supposed to be better as watch animals but...I
just really hate geese, they are mean. (Silly, I know!)
You have a lot more land to work than I do.
You might want to look into Dexter Cattle
I don't have good luck with goats but I'd probably be glad to have one come the day.
Also you can plant fodder for the animals that requires minimal work, such as Jerusalem
or beets, rutabagas and turnips. All can be eaten by humans and feed animals.
I am working on a rabbit hutch this spring. I know rabbits are lean, but they are meat, and I store oil to help with supplementing fat content. Most
wild game is lean, so I put the oil stocking pretty high on the list, also salt.
Now if I had a farm animal fairy I would also love to have a donkey or two, as pack animals. You got a lot of land there, donkeys are tough and
reliable. The will carry you or supplies and you won't have to walk it. To my mind that would be worth the feeding 'cost' in the human energy it
saves. That is, of course, just my opinion.