WHYYYY must I choose!!!???
Chickens are fascinating! Cows mostly just stand around... except when they’re excited about treats or a new bail or a fresh paddock. Then they’re soooo cute, the way they gallop-skip-cavort toward me. I love my girls... it’s lucky they’re breeders. What I will do about adorable Scottish Highland calves I fear to say. I will have to harden myself; I realize this. DH says the sweetest one is like a shaggy puppy dog. With horns... She stands at the fence and stares until I go out and pet her and give them all treats.
I love my chickens too. They all run out to see me when I open the door or even look out the glass door. They’re definitely in it for the treats but it still feels like they like me. Still, they’re chickens and not so cuddly as a furry cow. They’re safe so long as they lay, or at least clean up pasture after the cows, and they ARE fun to watch. I just got 26 chicks at the PO this morning. They’re for meat—a ranger type. They’re cute, but I must not let myself fall in love.
In a SHTF scenario the cattle would be easier to feed but as I don’t have a bull, pretty hard to perpetuate. We really don’t have room for a bull—or maybe we do, if the pasture (which is already good) gets better. If we did, it would be one bull and three cows. Not a lot of genetic diversity there. With chickens, you have a lot more scope for keeping different lines in play. Cows of whatever kind can give milk but chickens give eggs. Both give meat. Cattle also give hides if you know how and have the gear to tan them. (I am not up to chewing them; my teeth are too old for that. :-p )
I don’t know; I’m pretty sure I need both, plus some wooly sheep and American Guinea hogs, rabbits & quail. It’s hard to grow much of a garden here; the season is too short, so it will have to be mostly meat until I get a greenhouse done. So.. which is better: chicken or cow? Yes.