Hi everyone! I'm pretty new around here. DH and I have been longing for our own little homestead/farm for AGES, and we're finally about to get it, when we move east, to Prince Edward Island, next spring, with our first little one, due in December.
So, for now, it's just dreaming and planning and longing. Meaning this question is a little ahead of myself.... nonetheless, I'm wondering:
Have any of you slaughtered your own larger-than-a-chicken animals? Primarily, I'm thinking hogs. Any good recommendations for learning such a skill?
I've done chickens myself, but nothing larger, and there's not a slaughterhouse nearby, so it will likely come down to an at-home job.
Also, as our goal is to raise most of our own food, and we have two little pet cats, we'd like to try to raise their food as well (eventually!). I think we'll do chickens, with eggs, vegetables, and maybe a vitamin supplement (which is basically what their canned food contains). Anyone raised animals for animal feed?