Sometimes homesteading doesn’t mean being as efficient as possible. A thing that brings joy to your life is worth a little extra work and worry.
There are so many pieces that can be fit together multiple ways and on multiple levels. For example, the rabbits eat the high protein mulberry prunings from the hedge and turn it into more rabbits for meat and income. They provide high quality manure for the garden beds so we can grow vegetables that we eat, giving the trimmings back to the rabbits. The rabbit manure also attracts red wiggler worms which the hens gobble up, turning them into eggs and more chickens. On and on it goes, layer upon layer, a beautiful, ever-changing, growing system.
Then there’s Jack Sparrow, the Shetland pony.