Hi Everyone! I have to say again how much I am learning from y'all and how cool I think you guys (and gals, of course) are! I love the closeness that these forums have...yes, folks disagree, but in general, everyone is so supportive...what a wonderful example to set! OK, mushy stuff aside...we are looking for a farm to call our own. I am excited to move to the "country" (most urban/suburbanites would think we are already in the "sticks"! LOL) and we are having a blast looking at different places & are not in a big rush to move, so we are just waiting for the place that comes closest to being "it". That said, "my" plan includes fixing fences/ putting up fences/ general repairs in the fall and winter (when we are planning to move...we hope to move within the next few months)...Chickens in the spring along with rabbits (we've got experience with rabbits, but only want to do one "new" animal at a time, we definitely want chickens for eggs/meat, so we are going with those first), my plan after that included goats...but I am having second thoughts as to how productive goats are actually going to be. Beyond thinking they're "cute" and maybe getting one to milk...not really sure...My children would adore goats, but again, as a homeschooling mom of three boys with epilepsy and I will also be the primary person working the farm/tending to animals & garden, I question how much the goats will contribute to the family's life. And if the expense of keeping them is worthwhile. That said, I'd like to eventually have at least a couple different kinds of animals...my husband has suggested ostriches (ironically, so has my dad), but I'm just not sure about that...petting an ostrich is just not as appealing as cuddling with a tame goat! So, I'm just wondering...and I know there are bunches of "goat people" here...I really do love the animal, have learned quite a bit about the different breeds, care, etc...so I'd love to hear both pro and con goat as well as ostrich (eek!), I'm not really interested in horses or larger animals (including cows), not too sure about pigs...not too keen on butchering a large animal yet... For those of you with animals, did you go into your homesteading journey having an idea of exactly what you wanted or did you figure things out first and then figure out your livestock? Thanks so much for your time!