5 Things I've Learned About Farm Animals from China's Countryside | Speaking of China

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  1. Autumn
    Autumn March 21, 2016 at 7:29 am | | Reply

    Some day I’m going to have a farm in New Hampshire and I will use all this valuable information. Especially ashes and animal droppings!

    So do your in-laws have a compost bin? Or a cat?

  2. Hope
    Hope March 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm | | Reply

    Wow, their place sounds like our place! In our backyard we house a large family of farm animals including two dogs, a cat, an innumerable amount of chickens and ducks, as well as a goat and two pregnant pigs.

    Everyone seems to get along fine – as long as nobody interferes with the dogs’ dinner! We feed our dogs rice mixed with fish or chicken bones and they do fine.

  3. Marta
    Marta March 21, 2016 at 6:31 pm | | Reply

    Back in Spain we also gave dogs food scraps. But there are many human foods that are not good for them, so I think it is better to feed them dog food. Be careful with chicken bones, they can hurt the dog’s mouth (and give him awfully stinky farts, hahaha).

  4. Ryan
    Ryan March 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm | | Reply

    We had a farm in West Virginia, USA, and we just had crazy animals:

    • our farm/house cats would kill ANYTHING (frogs, snakes, a young hawk/owl once, squirrels, rabbits, woodpeckers…). The only thing that stymied them was a weasel, which would have killed THEM

    • our cattle chased foxes en mass, and sounded like elephants when mooing from ‘up a holler’

    • there was a Red-tailed Hawk that followed the car up and down our 1/2 mile lane every day

    • the dog was scared of dear

    • my mother joined in the craziness, naming the birds Hank Heron and Martin Luther Kingfisher

    And that’s just some of it!

    This was one of my favorite posts in ages, Joss. Has a nice happy edge to it, after hearing about what has been taxing for a while. 🙂

  5. Lucy Woelbern
    Lucy Woelbern March 22, 2016 at 12:43 am | | Reply

    The photography of the farm animals is just stunningly gorgeous!!! They are about the sweetest creatures I’ve seen in a long time. I’m not even a lover of animals since they all scare me, but your photographs could make me love them. You should enlarge them and sell them as pictures. I’m sure there’s a market for them…….and not just the meat market! Loved them. Lucy

  6. Mary
    Mary March 22, 2016 at 1:29 am | | Reply

    Wow Jocelyn what a look into your life! You really do live in the countryside! And that wok that your mother-in-law has going is so MASSIVE! I see some dumplings in there…?

    I don’t know if I’ll ever use it either, but the tip about the ashes on the dung is definitely handy.

    Have you learned any other farm tips being there? Wow, what an experience! I can’t even imagine it.

  7. AG
    AG March 22, 2016 at 3:24 am | | Reply

    The animals are just too cute.

    My childhood memory is back.

  8. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason March 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm | | Reply

    I haven’t lived on a farm, but I remember being at a park near my former inlaws’ home and seeing a little hedgehog. The people in the park were just as amazed as I was. It was a quiet bonding moment for all of us.

  9. MM
    MM March 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm | | Reply

    When our dog was just a pup my mother trained him to be around chickens by placing him in the chicken coop a few hours a day so he’d get use to them and they to him. It must have worked beciase he gets along with all the chickens as well as the goats.

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