New Lambs

New Lambs

The Shetlands started lambing on Saturday. Twin ewes from Maserati were the first to make their appearance. It was another … Continue reading New Lambs

The Chicken Tractor Completed

The Chicken Tractor Completed

Previously, I’ve discussed reasons for building a chicken tractor and putting the pieces of our own chicken tractor together. Now, here is the grand finale!

After more than a month of building, readjusting, cutting boards to fit wonky angles that resulted from decisions at the very beginning of the project, and thinking about what would make birds happy, the chicken tractor was finished.

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It has sliding doors, FlexSeal on the plywood roof for waterproofing, and a sheet of vinyl panel for the floor of the coop and nesting box. I don’t need to duck my head when I walk through the door, and the feed, water, and ramp move along with the chicken tractor on moving day without any extra effort.

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Kittens

Kittens

We discovered new kittens up in the hay loft a little more than a month ago.

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We like cuddling…

For a while, they lived in a tunnel in the hay bales, eyes barely open, piled one on top of the other, mewing quietly.

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Hello, kittens!

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Communication Lessons from Twitter Discussions, Bingo and Cows

Follow-up to last Tuesday’s transcript of a two-hour Twitter conversation on animal agriculture with folks who vehemently disagree with what I do.

I was once told by friends in Pennsylvania that they considered the Midwestern “I” states (Indiana, Illinois and Iowa) to be bingo-playing states because, after all, what else is there to do out here?

So, here we go. Here is Carnist Bingo, played during my conversation last Tuesday with vegan activists on Twitter.

What vegans use when listening to arguments from meat-eaters. I have lost the source of the picture, as it came from Twitter. However, a Google search will find multiple versions of this Bingo card.
What vegans use when listening to arguments from meat-eaters. I have lost the source of the picture, as it came from Twitter. However, a Google search will find multiple versions of this Bingo card.

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In Which I Attempt to Describe My Farm Life Philosophy in Less Than 140 Characters

Yesterday, I tweeted a comment in support of the farmers using #farm365. I had not heard of the hashtag before, but later in the day I learned that it was started as a photo diary of each day of 2015 by Canadian dairy farmer and ag communicator Andrew Campbell, who owns Fresh Air Media and gives a no-holds-barred look at agricultural issues for RealAgriculture.com. A cool project, it began with the first calf of 2015, born at 1:15 a.m.

Activists for veganism were attempting to take over the hashtag and Andrew was receiving nasty comments. Scrolling through the #farm365 tweets, I noticed one that said the hashtag was about getting rid of farmers because that is better for animals, and I tweeted:

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