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Location: Great Bend, Kansas (border on zone 5/6, 20"-25" yr)
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Ben,

My homestead is but a single acre. So with tiny in mind, any suggestions on how many chickens and goats would be appropriate for a seven paddock system, each being 16'x32'. Advice on how many of each animal, and how long each paddock should be used before moving them. Also, should the goats and chickens be separated - goats then chickens afterwards?- or possibly groups of chickens and goats combined?

Additional tractoring through garden paths, and goats walks will be incorporated along with end of season fun in the gardens.

Thanks for ANY advice, hope this fits in with your expertise...

Anyone feel free to comment of course.

Thanks Permies!
 
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That depends on the condition of the paddocks, the climate, condition of animals, time of year, and other factors.
Generally you can keep 2 to 5 goats on an acre of productive pasture - that's not most of the land in this country.
Chickens in with goats can work but we only did them with sheep, which was crucial in parasite and fly strike control.
On less than an acre you'll have a tough time controlling parasites, probably, without real active treatment, unless you are very very dialed in with the pasture condition and rotations.
Sheep even more so.
 
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Sounds like goats are out period? Bummer. But that is why I am asking people who know prior to ruining a perfectly healthy animal.

I live in Central Kansas, temps ranging between 0 and 105 with lots of wind. The paddocks will be as fertile and growing as healthy as my gardens, specifically planted with goodies for the animals I can sustain.

So if I concentrate on chickens - thinking an all around White Rock - can I handle a dozen? Being uneducated with controlling parasites, and not very willing to use chemicals, any extra advice available? 'Dialed in with rotation and condition' of paddock should be zero problem as I spend most of my life out here. A day per paddock? Six to a paddock? A dozen in that 16x32 area per day?

Thanks again.
 
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I can't say about chickens - probably many more people on this forum that can speak to that better. Goats aren't impossible on such a small acreage but you'd likely have to be very active about parasite management -that can get to be a lot of work. That's all. In all likelihood according to my experience, anyway.
These things are not cut and dry - mainly you need to try before you'll know what works where you are.
 
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Ben,
What parasites are you thinking of? I want to ask my local friends who keep goats and (I think) are starting with sheep, but think I'd need to know what to ask about more specifically. I know they are very, very concerned about the exact breeds of the animals.
--kerry
 
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