So what do you think would be the best critters to have on hand when the SHTF? I figure it would depend some on the size of place you have but given that wild game would be quickly hunted down to very low numbers or at the least become so skiddish it would be hard to get them it would be important to have stock to raise your own meat. On a small to mid size place especialy I would have to say it would be rabbits which could even be done on a small scale in an apartment, since they dont eat much and reproduce quickly then are matured enouph to eat in 10-12 weeks. Chickens would be next since they can forage for the majority of thier own food and control the bug population while provideing meat and eggs. Next would be goats since they can thrive on relatively poor feed and dont eat all that heavily while they generaly have twins and can be bread twice a year if timed just right, while provideing milk, meat and leather. Goats for most would also be more practical than cattle since they produce only a gallon or so of milk a day as opposed to any where from 3 or 4 to as much as 9 or 10 gallon a day of milk from cows and when it comes time to butcher you only have to deal with say 100 pounds or less of meat that you have to preserve likely with no refrigeration or means of freezing as opposed to as much as 800 to 1000 pound carcases from a beef. A donkey wouldnt be a bad thing if you had a fair acerage since they are a lot hardyer than a horse and stronger pound for pound and dont eat as much or require the high quality feed horses do but they beat out the mule also due to the fact that the mules are hybrids and are sterile. Pigs can be good for the fact that they can eat anything and thrive and also that they produce a lot of fat that would be greatly needed in those times, a decent sow will also produce a doxen or more piglets each litter and they can be butchered in 6 months to a year. Thier draw back is that they do tend to root up the land they feed on and eat quite a bit, though this can also be put to use as they can be turned out in the garden and fields after harvest and along with the fact that they will fertalize the field for you they are natures tiller and will get all the remaining scraps and up all the roots and basicly till the ground for you. So what are some of you alls thoughts on what critters would be good and which one wouldnt in a post SHTF senario?