How To Find Free Livestock For Your Homestead

Categories: On The Farm

One of the most fun and exciting aspects about living in a rural area, is the ability due to zoning and large chunks of land to raise livestock. For those starting homesteading, or for those that are short on cash, owning animals can be difficult, but if you search thoroughly however, you will be able to find great opportunities. And who knows, you might be able to bring home livestock that you didn't need to pay for and start your farm.

Now, The Question is: Where to Find Free Livestock?

There are a lot of different ways to find free livestock. Here are some of the main ones:

1. Online classifieds

This is one of my favorite ways and it’s also one of the best ways to find free livestock. There are a few different online classifieds websites, but I find to be the best resource. Keep an eye on the “Farm & Garden” section as well as the “Free” section. Another online source for free livestock ads is Facebook, specifically Facebook groups for your local area. Many rural areas have their own user-created groups for livestock classifieds.

Sometimes you can find free livestock ads in print in the newspaper, but I find this to be pretty rare since the person would have to pay to publish the ad.

2. Rural farm stores

Local farm stores also can be a source of free livestock. Typically it’s the smaller mom-and-pop style stores versus the large chain stores. One of my local farm stores allows people to bring in free animals to give away during their business hours. I’ve seen everything from barn kittens to chickens and even purebred Nubian bottle babies. Also, check out the bulletin board at the farm store – you can often find free livestock ads there.

3. Word-of-Mouth

If you have a specific type of livestock in mind – like some new laying hens or a dairy goat – simply putting the word out there through friends can really help. You can even ask the owner or manager of a local farm store if they can keep an ear out for what you are looking for or if they know anyone trying to get rid of livestock.

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