Is the title of a little article in the October Los Angeles Magazine (pg 132) about our citified farm animals here on the urban homestead. And on page 134 a few profiles of the heritage breeds that reside in our backyard barnyard.
As the title states, these animals are like extended family and these critters come with a handful of responsibilities. For us city slickers that means DIY care over sick, injured animals. So our advice to newbies is two things – research & responsibility. Research and research before you buy – learn all there is to know about the animals and be responsible for their care, housing, feed and over all well being.
So now for an update on our little Amy which I know many of your are concern about – thank you all for your get well wishes. She’s stable – which is good. Of course she’s still has trouble standing properly because of the tight/pulled neck tendon (because a duck’s neck is so long any disruption in the neck/head area throws their center off and they are unable to balance) but she’s getting the 24/7 best of care. Warm baths twice a day, acupressure massages, topical arnica treatments, loads of vitamin/nutrient fluids and high protein snacks (red wiggler worms) and more.
She’s a house duckie for now – hangs out in a plastic tray in the living room and sleeps with us gals at night. Twice a day, under careful supervision, we bring her to visits her flock friends so she doesn’t get too lonely.
This week with Amy condition stable it was less disruptive to our routine than last week – sleep is better (yeah) and finally catching up on the preservation front (dilly beans, sun preserves, jams, jamming – ya mon!)
Hopefully I can get around to posting some late summer garden photos and talk about THE WORST “bad bug” infestation that we’ve seen in our 20 plus years we’ve been farming in the city. The bug situation has Farmer D & J throwing up their arms in dismay (or insinuating remarks of moving)- ah the “joys” of farming!
But you know what – we just can’t give up! We sure as heck not going to rely on a grocery store for our produce – even though it’s just a block away. This is the farm, life – urban farm life. The dirt is in our blood and embedded under our finger nails. That means we are a stubborn lot and we press on — persevere…. and pray.