So, You Want to Add an Animal to Your Homestead

We have a mini farm with about 200 animals.

Goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, Great Pyreenes dogs, cats, & 3 kiddos.

We have this minifarm because, as a vegetarian and vegan for over 30 years,  I am unable to support an industry that locks an animal in a box or cuts their beaks off to prevent pecking others because the animal is well…going crazy due to confinement & a humans need for more.  I find it cruel.  There are also only a few companies I trust to have ethically and humanly raised meat that’s GMO free.

So, we as a family decided to raise our own animals in a biointensive/closed loop way.  We did this also as a way to support the kids education as we use both Montessori (Erdkinder) and Waldorf pedagogues.  Farm life is full of sciences, maths, and other educational opportunities. In order to do this we have to plan and prepare for our animals.  Sometimes I do jump the gun and buy before we’re completly ready and och…it has made life more complicated at times.  (Like when I bought 12 ducklings in the spring and winter decided to stay longer so…the ducklings stayed in the house WAAY longer than we wanted them too.)  PLEASE don’t tell my husband I said that ’cause then he’d think he was right for the second time in our relationship.  But, one thing I never do is buy before I have researched for a very long time.  I researched goats for 4 years, chickens for only 1 though. I HATE being the one that tells my kids NO all the time (Ben works MASSIVE overtime.) I came up with


These questions are what must be answered and what the kids must share with us in order to purchase an animal.  They also must to create a presentation to share the answers to the 10 questions. I made a printable with the quesitons and a ‘mini contract’ I and Ben and the kiddo must sign.  I’ve even started adding a due by date if they’re wanting to have the animal this year unless they’re willing to assist with the money.  We budget for everything otherwise we’ll have nothing.

If you’d like a copy of the farm printables you can find it at the end of the post.

These are the 10 Questions…. Are you ready for another animal at your home?

  1. Have you researched them?
  2. Do you have housing built for them?
  3. Do you have food and drink ready for them?
  4. How will you prevent, identify and care for them if they’re ill?
  5. What about poop?
  6. Do they serve more than 1 function?
  7. How will they be protected?
  8. How will they affect the animals we already have?
  9. How will they affect our family?  (fear, harm, goals, vacation)
  10. Is there space to raise them happy, healthy while still maintaining as natural an environment while in captivity?

Free farm printables 10 Questions to Help You Decide to Add Animals to Your Home or Farm

I’m linking up with some other greenies, gardeners, homesteaders, and crunchy &/or chewy mommas n poppas!

Homestead Blog Hop | The Easy Homestead (.com)

About Honey Rowland

Organic since it was a dirty hippie word is an easy way to understand me. With 3 kiddos (7, 14, and 16) and one bearded hubby I raise chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, rabbits and Great Pyrenees livestock guardians on our organically ran mini farm in Ohio. A bull calf and heritage breed pigs have recently been added, along with an impending move into our less than 600 sq ft tiny home that's more and more off grid with each solar panel we buy.

Homeschooling, green living, self-sufficiency and natural parenting (but with yelling) is the norm here. Any skipping through the tulips tends to end with a face plant in chicken or duck poo but being a "glass half full" kind of gal I can smile 'cause the poo is organic and non-gmo! Stop by and see more at


  1. […] They offered to pay for them from their own budgets.  I was still firm.  I asked THE QUESTIONS.  Which makes them groan but it is my buffer against the poo.  See my post about adding an animal to your home, farm or homestead for a free download to help your … […]

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