Urban Goat and Chicken Raising

saoodhashimJune 5, 2014

Hi there!

I live in Karachi, Pakistan which is an urbanized place in Pakistan and the cost of land is just too much.

Assuming I have a 2 floor building plus the roof top (2000 square foot on each floor and the roof top), I was planning on using the 1st floor for my living, the second floor (which is actually just a big hall with just the four boundary walls) for raising goats and chicken and on the roof top doing my routine vegetable gardening.

My specific question of this post is that is it possible for raising goats and chickens inside like suggested above? Is such an arrangement workable without a significant financial investment.

Please spare me, if the question I have raised is stupid. I have never raised chickens or goats and last season was my first gardening experience (and it was very encouraging). Since it was encouraging I thought of expanding into the other areas, albeit on a small scale (2 goats and some chickens - 10 or so?)

Waiting for your valued comments.

Regards

Saood

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zzackey(8b GA)

I guess it would be possible. Would they be in air conditioning? Chickens have a hard time laying eggs when it is too hot. I know nothing about goats. They have tons of energy. I can't imagine them being cooped up in a small space.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:40PM
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SAZUGT(8a)

Welcome on the journey to homesteading!

It is completely possible to do exactly as you suggested. You would need electricity in order to ensure your chickens received 12 hours of sunlight for egg production. You should probably lay back on the lights during the winter and fall to reflect sunlight hours in your region to give the chickens a break.

In selecting chickens, I would go for fuller bodied breeds. This would allow you to keep the hens as layers and slaughter the roosters for a decent meat yield.

Goats would be trickier. If you are set on not allowing the goat outside access I would focus on selecting a dwarf breed, or at least smaller breed. I would keep a pair of bred does. This would give you milk yield following kidding and if they birth bucks, you could harvest for meat or does you could add to your milking flock.

Goat milk also has unlimited potential when it comes to other dairy products; cheeses, kefir, yogurt etc.

PM me if you have any more questions. Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 5:20PM
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