At Sunny Truth Farm our goal is to raise animals in a way that is beneficial for both the animals and the environment.
Animals on the Farm
We wanted goats from the beginning. Not only did we want the goats for milk but we also knew that they would be helpful in our land management ideas for the farm. We decided on Lamancha and Alpine dairy goats to start our herd. Both breeds have a fairly mellow temperment and are good milk producers. The inspiration for our farm name came from our first two goats, Sunny and Truth, seen below.
So we decided to get two turkey just for fun. We were curious what they would be like compared to the chickens. We chose Narragansett as the breed of turkey and only after the purchase did we learn that this was a threatened breed. We will see if they produce offspring naturally, but until then we have enjoyed having them on the farm.
So our original plan before we even bought the farm was to have chickens. We wanted breeds that were both good egg layers and potential meat chickens too. We decided to have a variety of breeds to see what we liked. We started with Marans, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, and Barred Rocks. We have 30 hens and 2 roosters. All of the roosters are Marans. The chickens are rotated through the pasture following the goats with the goal of pest management as well as giving them fresh areas to forage.