Starting with Baby Animals?

by Danni
(Victoria, Australia)

I am planning to move back to the lifestyle that I started life with - that is on a small mixed farm.


When I get my animals I would like to get young animals that are only half grown or even younger. I know what it's like to get up three times a night to bottle feed a suckling lamb for example. I don't see it as a chore - it's a joyous thing to do for a lamb that would not have survived otherwise.

I'm wondering what other people's thoughts on this are?

I guess some other questions come out of my main question. For example a cow for milking - if I got a calf how long would I need to wait until she is old enough to have a calf herself so she produces milk?

MEG: MOST HEIFERS ARE MATED AT AROUND 18 MONTHS OLD - 9 MONTHS LATER YOU GET A CALF AND CAN MILK HER. HOME RAISED ANIMALS ARE EASY TO HANDLE WHICH IS GREAT, UNLESS THEY ARE NATURALLY AGGRESSIVE - LIKE GEESE, RAMS, ROOSTERS - IN WHICH CASE THEY TOTALLY LACK FEAR OF HUMANS, WHICH IS NOT SO GREAT!

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Nov 09, 2012
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starting with baby animals
by: Anonymous

yes, it is easier to start with baby animals but in my experience rams are an exception. They have been my best friends when very young and become aggressive and even chase me once adults. You can never trust a ram!!!

Nov 04, 2012
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by: Danni

G'day Meg
This is one of the main reasons I want to start with young animals and raise them. They bond to you. There's a name for it in the case of very young animals - imprinting. They think of you as a parent and therefore trust you more easily than an older animal brought onto your property.

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