We don't just worry about the quality of our food, but the treatment of it. Personally if I had to choose to be a cow, I would much rather live on a grassy knoll than in a feed lodge up to my knees in dung. Plus that sort of agriculture requires so many antibiotics to keep animals living, and so much oil to raise the grain to feed them, it is simply not sustainable or ethical.
These little ducks on the other hand and are living a charmed life. The belong to Hana's grandmother, and they have inspired us to get our own. I tried to take these ones, but apparently "I wouldn't have anywhere to put them." The first thing to do is set up a little duck house that will provide enough protection from raccoons and whatever else might want to eat them. But as soon as that is done, I think I'll be heading straight to the Tractor Supply store.
We've been looking at all sorts of exotic barnyard animals, from Indian Runners, to Musk Ox. I think a few of these cute little ducks will teach us a lot about raising animals.
But of course I do have a more selfish reason for coveting livestock of all sorts. I just can't help but think they would be an endless source of photographic inspiration. I've often fantasized about being a wildlife photographer, but I just have such a hard time sitting still in the woods and waiting for the animals to come to me. I always have the urge to keep moving, to find out what's behind that next hill, or inside that old hollow tree. Having my own animals would help fill my desire for helping preserve nature, as well as my desire to interact with it.
I hope to get a home for them set up soon so that I can share more of my farm fantasy adventures with you.