Oh, the personalities of the creatures here on the urban homestead – now we know what they did for entertainment in the “old days.” Forget cable, we got critters.
Speaking of critters, like to send a BIG “Thank You” to Nor Cal homesteader Julia for passing along a dvd set of All Creatures Great & Small. Thanks! They will certianly be enjoyed and treasured. Also for those of you who sent letters and cards after the passing of our duck Amy. We truly appreciate your being there for us during that very sad time.
Raising and keeping animals is a big responsibility – sometimes even more time consuming than the garden! For us city folks, the health and welfare of the animals are basically on our shoulders. Not only that, but keeping a barnyard in the backyard in an urban environment is about the welfare of the animals and the relationship with the neighbors. One of the 10 Elements of an Urban Homestead is to follow the golden rule. We try to live by that rule, strive to be good neighbors so the maintenance and upkeep of the animal compound is critical – in fact very important and high on the chore list.
Now that it’s trendy to keep chickens, ducks, goats and rabbits, we rather not see a backlash due to unkempt conditions or discarded animals sent to shelters when folks realize they bit off more than they can chew.
Case in point, this recent article:
Some say fie on fowl in the city
... keeping them is not as cheap, green, humane or neighborly as some in the Church of Chicken would have you believe.
Ok, that disclaimer’s a bit on the serious side. Now, let’s have a bit of fun! It’s been awhile since we posted some goat mugs – so enjoy!
What do your critters do that make you SMILE?