Mon, Oct 08 2012 at 2:06 PM
I think a lot of you who claim to be able to do this on 1/4 to 3/4 of an acre are not including the feed necessary for the goats, hogs and chickens. While it is true that chickens will free range, they do need supplemental food in the winter when food is scarce or they will not have enough calories to produce the body heat needed to keep from freezing, not to mention you won't get any eggs. Goats, if not grained properly, will not produce milk and even a good nubian nanny will be dry in a month. Hogs need food and lots of it. If you pen them so they can't forage, you must feed them. You are NOT self sufficient unless you produce the food for the livestock! Not calling you a liar, but I did get all A's in math and algebra in college and your math doesn't come out with the same numbers as mine.