6 Livestock Farming Ideas You Can Start At Home

Livestock Ideas You Can Start At Home

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Do you want to go into the agriculture business especially livestock farming, but you don’t have much money and space? There are various livestock animals you can raise at home, and make money from it.

Livestock farming is one of the most common agriculture businesses people go into when they decide to go into farming.

Most times, people don’t have much money on them to go rent a space or buy land to start these businesses. Nevertheless, there are various agribusiness you can start at the back of your house and which will require less funding if you just want to start.

Although in the future, if you can want to scale up things and expand, you can do so, if you just want to start small, you can take into consideration these livestock businesses.

In this article, I will be pointing you towards 5 different livestock businesses you can start at the back of your house with limited space and little cash.

Livestock Farming Ideas You Can Start At Home

Snail Farming

Snail Farming

The first livestock farming business you can start at the back of your house is Snail farming.

 Snail farming also known as Heliciculture is the process of raising land snails for consumption and also for other manufacturing/production use (Cosmetic production).

It is in the mollusk family. Snail is one animal that is rich in protein, iron, and amino acids needed in humans.

This business is one of the low start-up capital farming ideas anyone can start. With at little as N 10,000 and just a set of car tyres, you can start a snail farm.

Raising snails requires patience cos it takes time to grow but it is a huge opportunity as it is in high demand in the market.

One of the advantages of raising snails is that it requires very little money to begin and doesn’t take much space compared to other livestock.

This business requires very low capital to start and just a little space to put. You can simply put them in tyres and cover them to raise them.

Rabbit farming

Rabbit Farming

The next livestock farming business you can start at home is rabbit farming. Just like snail farming, rabbit requires low capital and little space to set it up.

You only need to make a house for them to stay which is not that expensive to construct depending on the number of rabbits you want to start with.

Setting up a house for your rabbit shouldn’t cost you up to N 20,000 if you know what you are doing.

Rabbits are animals cherished by many people all over the world. It can be raised as pets at home and also can be raised for consumption sale.

The capital investment is very little and the profit is huge.

Rabbits have a very high reproduction capacity. A female rabbit can give birth after one month and a kid rabbit can be sold for N 3,000 ($7).

There are different ways you can make money from a rabbit. You can decide to sell the meat, sell the urine, pelts, and also raise them to sell as pets.

Catfish Farming

Catfish Farming

Catfish farming is one of the most lucrative agriculture businesses you can start after the poultry business. The demand for catfish is rapidly increasing every day.

You can start a catfish business at the back of your house just like the other type of businesses mentioned in this article.

What you require to start a catfish business are plastic tanks, water (well or borehole), and a place to dispose of the water when you need to change them.

You don’t necessarily have to start a big fish farm to begin making money, you just need to know how to start right.

If you want to know how to start a fish farm, then you can read the article I made about this.

There are other ways you can make money from catfish farming. They are but not limited to the hatchery, selling smoked fish, raising broodstock, etc.

Poultry Farming

Poultry Farming

The next livestock farming business you can start at home is poultry farming. With a little amount of money in your pocket, you can start a poultry business in your backyard.

There are different types of poultry farms that you can start. It ranges from turkey, chicken, duck, etc. You can raise birds for meat consumption or egg production.

One of the low capital investment aspects of the poultry business you can start at home is buying day-old chicks, raise them for 4 weeks, and sell.

You can also raise turkeys and let them play around the open space in your compound.

Read this article to start your journey to poultry farming.

Goat Farming

Goat Farming

The next type of livestock farming you can start at home is Goat farming.

Goat farming is one of the most rising and popular animals that you can raise at home and make money. Goat farming is a low-investment & high-profit livestock farming business.

Many households in Nigeria raise goats in their backyard. They don’t need a big area for housing due to their small body size in comparison to other livestock animals.

Goats are raised mainly for their meat and also for milk production. Goat milk is richer in protein more than cow milk.

Raising is more profitable as they have a low mortality rate compared to other animals.

Maggot Farming

Maggot Farming

Another type of livestock farming you can raise at home is maggots farming.

Maggots are often raised for feeding fish and most times they can be composted from poultry waste.

The production of maggots has low-key paved the way for a lot of people to become rich. You only require an enclosed space to get started in maggot farming.


There are various livestock businesses you can start and make money from but if you want to start small, going through the list above will get you started.

Some of the businesses mentioned above are low risk and require low capital, to begin with. One advantage you have especially if you have a day job is you can start this as a side hustle. It will help learn the process of making money on the side from agriculture while you still collect your salary.

If you ever decide to go into livestock farming, you can choose from any of this list and start making money from it. If you find this article useful, do well to share it.


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