Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
As a follow up, our treatment of our meat animals overall changed about 30 some years ago. Nobody thinks it's right for these animals to live out their short lives in misery so that the owners can make a buck. Not EVERYBODY treats their livestock such. I am a member of backyardchickens. They have >100,000 members. Some keep birds as pets, some keep them for eggs and let them live out their lives, some raise them for meat--everyone is civil and good stewardship is encouraged, especially with ALL of the photos posted. This is the same type of site, where people that know a little and people that know a lot can ask questions and help each other out.
I keep my birds well fed, well watered and well sheltered. They need lots of fresh air--did you know that chickens are onmivores and will eat mice? DId you know that chickens need to take dirt baths? Mine like to eat some of the strangest things, like the seeds of lots of different weeds and potato peels. My horses like to eat peaches from my tree--never knew that until I moved to a place with a peach tree.
I live in a tiny town that is surrounded by farm fields. I feed my cats free choice. They catch a lot of mice and I let my cats in the house and out when they want. I have lost several cats to coyotes, but I know they had a good life before they went. My two dogs are fused to my hip. I include them in my everyday chores, they spend each night in the house and they love that I show them a good time. As Barbara Woodhouse (famous international dog trainer) said, "I love dogs, but I don't like a disobedient one." I feel the same about my horses. DON'T ask about "Corporal", "Tyke", "Ro Go Bar", "Trogdor," or "Toma," or I'll well up.
Last edited by Corporal; 10-17-2011 at 05:11 PM.