Which farm animal should I get?
I just bought a house on 1.3 acres of wooded land. My wife and I are both city folk, but eager to take advantage of our huge (to us anyway) new place.
I know that zoning issues won't be a problem, there are horses, cows, and chickens on nearby lots.
We want something that will involve realtively little upfront cost and we also don't want to have to pay too much for feed. We plan to eat whatever it is we get, unless selling it proves profitable enough, which I doubt. Essentially, we just want a low cost, relatively low upkeep solution which will be fun and give us some food.
My first thought was to build a chicken coop, and fence off an area for them to range in.
I also think sheep would be really neat, but I don't know if that is really practical on a lot our size. I have read that there are minature sheep breeds, and they seem like they might be a good solution. Is there anywhere relatively near DFW where I could buy them?
Does anyone think pigs would work well? We both love the taste of pork, but I don't know anything about the expense, or trouble, or mess of raising them.
We have two dogs, one of which is a border collie mix, and the other is a big lab mix that will probably want to rough house with whatever we get unless they are securely seperated.