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So far we have two daughters, my husband, two chickens, two rats, and two snails. Have planted my tomatoes, a few strawberries, lettuce a Kumi Kumi, cucumber and brassicas. Hoping to add two young sheep to graze our lawn by Xmas (present for our daughters ) Am teetering between East Fresians for their milk or Wiltshires for their ease and lovely personalities. Do you think I can milk my Wiltshires ? It would not be for commercial properties, just for home use .
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Where is the Eco estate? Sounds an interesting concept and might suit one or two on here that have recently been talking about retirement options for 'older' farmers!
Are you sure you only have 2 snails
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.
Nah, rats are both males. Made sure of that !! They are delightful. Snails are a project the girls have going, by themselves. I have a major problem with my 10 year old daughter who is highly sensitive to the plight of animals. It was WW2 yesterday in my household when my youngest fed a fly to one of the rats.
igor;345354 wrote: You breeding the rats and snails to eat or are they feral?
The eco-estate concept sounds very interesting. Do they have a website?
I don't think they have a website, and I am not sure about how it all works. But it is called Silkwood Park. All I know for now is that there are some communal grazing grounds, the houses are far apart (not far enough for my liking, but we are renting ), there is a 4km walking pathway that goes down to the estuary and all around, many wild duck and geese ponds, I have heard mention of organic vege gardens but not too sure. Will investigate when we move next week.
I once considered snail farming, because the common garden ones make quite good eating .... not quite as good as the bigger French kind, but quite good enough. I couldn't work out how to keep them fed economically over winter, and how to fence them in.
We are managing to keep the snails alive as I bought these very good "How to keep bugs " books for my daughter for her birthday in June. They are coming in handy.
Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:
No, she is not a vegetarian, she loves her meat too much. She has an incredibly sensitive (too sensitive ) side to her, but she can walk past raw chicken, whilst holding her chicken in her arms, and say "cool, chicken for dinner ". Last night she went crazy when she saw a snake swallowing an egg on TV.
igor;345661 wrote: Savayla, I'm sorry to hear that your daughter has a problem with killing things. Is she a vegetarian? When we had ducklings in the house a couple of seasons ago the children (then 3,5,7) were all flat out collecting moths and slaters for duckling food.
It is a very difficult situation as my youngest loves to catch bugs, feed them to the chickens, rats, etc. She has come to terms with the roosters on the place we are staying on, being culled, even though she had named them all and been with them for the past 6 months. So there is hope.
Just a thought
5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land
One good thing about farming is that children learn the realities of life. Animals do and will die, there is no way around it. But they will also see how they are born again. I guess you just have to be careful and slow with them making experiences.
Is this the Silkwood Park you are talking about? Looks pretty. I couldn't live in a community like this. I am too much an individual and want top be able to do what I want to do. Too many regulations.
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As for community living .... Silkwood park does seem nice, be we are also could never do this for a long time. We only see us being there for a year, until we find our dream spot. But for the waiting, it is perfect. We are also too individualistic.