Follow your own road to backyard happiness
By Patrick Biggs, Ph.D., Purina backyard nutritionist
From chickens to goats, cattle to horses, there’s no shortage of animals you can bring home. Here are five reasons to expand your homestead haven.
If you started your backyard farm with chickens or ducks for the benefit of eggs, you’re not alone. Just-from-the-coop eggs have an undeniable freshness and are a great source of protein. Goats or cows are excellent animals for a fresh milk source. You can also make your own cheese. Many animals can also provide fresh meat sources.
Living from the land can be a way to get back to the basics, connect with your food, and shorten your grocery list. Not only are you helping reduce your carbon footprint by raising your own animals, but composting manure and other waste can create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Chickens are also great for natural pest and weed control.
Raising backyard animals is a chance to teach the next generation where their food comes from, the importance of caring for animals and a way to bring everyone together through shared responsibility.
Whether it’s cleaning out the stalls, collecting eggs, feeding time for everyone on the farm or simply giving a little love to each animal, sharing this time quickly brings the family together.
Backyard animals can also become our pets and beloved animals. Our animals provide emotional support on those hard days, or a way to relax after a long day.
Caring for animals is also an opportunity to build strong relationships within your community. You can share eggs, milk and meat with neighbors or trade gardening tips with other backyard farmers. You can give farm tours and share with others who are considering dipping their toes into raising and caring for animals.
We’re here support your journey to enjoying the many rewards raising animals has to offer.
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