how much land??

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Alberta Gurl, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Alberta Gurl

    Alberta Gurl Guest

    Hello. I would like some farm animals, and am not worried about buying feed. Animals I would like-
    A cow or two
    A couple pigs
    Some goats
    Some sheep
    A horse or two
    A emu
    some chickens and ducks

    how much land do these guys need to be happy? As in sq. ft.

    Thanks
    Jamie
     
  2. mtman

    mtman Well-Known Member

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    i think you would need 15 acres at the least
     

  3. auntieemu

    auntieemu Well-Known Member

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    A pair of emu do fine in 30 x 100 foot pen with fresh water and feed.
     
  4. Orville

    Orville Well-Known Member

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    It depends largely on what climate you have. Long warm growing seasons mean fewer acres are necessary.
     
  5. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    Not sure about the large animals but the goats and sheep are OK on about 5 acres. Chickens can be in a small pen; as can the ducks. Start small and definitely have the pens finished before getting the animals. Goats need very strong fencing.
     
  6. farminghandyman

    farminghandyman Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It depends on the area you want to live, and what your climate is and what you have for winters and if you want to winter with our buying additional feed (raise your own).

    the norm for here is considered 20 acres for a cow and calf for one year, IN Arizona and nevada that can go as high as 160 acres for one pair, back east in the US that may be 1 or 2 acres,

    during the drought of a few years ago I was supplemental feeding two horses on 40 acres and in some years 3 acres was enough for there summer feed needs,

    you will have to find local people and see what they say is a good average,

    in my area with the 2 cows and the two horses, I would want 80 acres of grass land, with some of that for raising feed for winter use, or haying some of it,