Can farms animals live without any human intervention?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No- farm animals are under the dominion of man to be used as man appoints and pleases- and this includes the sexual use. They would not survive on their own.

  • 1 month ago

     The short answer is yes they could if they're not fenced or caged where they can have access to food and water. All to many under rate, and underestimate the ability of farm animals to survive if left to themselves. Domestic turkeys might be the main  exception, as they were bred not only top be heavy, but also not for the capability of flight. Sheep depending on the specific breed and overall climatology of the region that they're in, most would survive especially in the northern most hemisphere, and what's suitable in the southern hemisphere. While those animals that were bred and domesticated, as a source of food have had certain specific traits bred for, contrary to the belief of many, their base genetics are still there.

     Chickens while largely not exactly capable of flying, has shown that they can adapt to the wild, case in point in the U.S. state of Florida, has in some areas has shown that feral chicken population can survive and even thrive. However while they could survive in other areas of the U.S. in the rural areas, their ability to remain,would be predicated on whatever predators are available, such as the red and gray fox, and in other areas wolves, and the larger cats.

     Pigs as pointed out would do quite well. As for cattle I won't disagree with a previous response. Most would do quite well with a few exceptions. Usually those that wouldn't do well are those that were bred as miniatures, that are more of what one would expect to find on a hobby type of farm. Most of not all of the larger breeds such as those bred for dairy, or as beef would survive in the U.S. This is due to the origins of those breeds being mostly from northern Europe. So the harsh winters would have less impact than what many think it would.

     While mankind has bred for specific traits, in the various animals, it's only been for the last ten thousand years. That ten thousand years could be considered as nothing, in terms of evolution. However those genes yet remain in place, and are dormant at this time.But within a few generations those genes would no longer be dormant, and would have either started to, or would have come to the surface strong enough, and would then be strong enough as enough would survive, for that to take place.We humans tend to only look at recent history, and in to many cases will dismiss that which is before we were able to actually start keeping records, which goes back a little over say six thousand years ago. Therefore our concept of time is generally limited to that which we have some form of written records of.

     Dogs can make a good example of an animal which has been domesticated possibly for the longest of time by mankind. However there are places where dogs has been left to their own devices, and has survived. For which there's a fairly large number now, as a result of them being left on their own that are now feral. This base can easily be applied to most of the other animals, that over the last say even twenty thousand years, and their ability to adapt and survive to climate allows. In fact dogs were the first animal to become domesticated. 

     That was followed by sheep and goats. Which their domestication took place an estimated eleven thousand years ago, or more than about twenty one thousand plus years after the dog had become domesticated. Horses, camels, and oxen followed about eleven thousand years ago. 

     So those traits are still there, but they've not been bred out completely, as some would have us believe. For that to happen, we would need at least another fifty thousand to one hundred thousand years, to completely remove the genetic aspect, where survivability would be lost. Yes the traits bred specifically for would remain, but they'd also be less dominant, if left to their own devices, at this current point in time.

  • 1 month ago

    Not if they’re in captivity by humans 

  • 1 month ago

    When they have grow up wild, i think yes. But if all humans die today it could be difficult.

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If they've grown up wild, yes. 

  • 1 month ago

    Not for very long.   Thru domestication, they were bred for traits to benefit humans, and as a result, have lost some of the traits that would be beneficial to survival.

    Chickens, for example, were bred to be extra meaty.  Because of their weight, they cant fly very well.

    Sheep grow excess wool.  It needs sheered to keep them cool in the summer and to prevent skin issues and parasite infections.

  • 1 month ago

    Oh sure. You see it all the time when the farmer dies. The cows drive the tractor, harvest the crops, milk themselves and then teach all the chickens to gather their own eggs and turn on the water faucets so they can drink. The chickens then teach all the pigs--it's a very cooperative system. 

    Then when the harvest is done, they all rent trucks and driven themselves to slaughterhouses. THEN...they deliver all their own selves to supermarkets!!

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Not if they're on a farm. They would require humans to provide food, water, medical care,etc. etc. It would be great for farmers if they could farm animals without being required to do anything!

    If you mean, could they survive “in the wild” it would depend on the animal and the country but the only way they would get from a farm to “the wild” would be by human intervention.

    Regarding you comment, it would depend on where “the wild” was and what the animals were. In the UK and many other countries there really isn't any “wild” that would support them for them to be released into.

    A couple of years ago someone had “dumped” five live chickens near where I live. There was a nearby stream for water and plenty of plants and insects for them to feed off. They disappeared one at a time and after five days all that was left of them was a few piles of feathers. The same would happen with ducks and geese. Cattle could survive if water was available until winter came and there was no grass for them to eat. Pigs would have a similar problem. Sheep would probably manage as they can find plants to eat where nothing else can and they can cope with cold weather.

  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Well, they did for hundreds of years. 

  • Daisy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Depends on the animal.

    There are plenty of wild hogs around the country. Some states offer a bounty. 

    But domesticated chickens are born to be somethings meal. Human, dog, coyote, hawk. They can't fly far and are not smart.

    There are diseases in the soil, blackleg for one, that cows/calves are likely to die from if not vaccinated by their owners. Eventually It's likely all would die.

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