The name of this blog should be self-explanatory with the possible exception of the word “sanctuary.” What am I referring to? Why not just use the title without that word?
Actually, the word “sanctuary” is fairly important to us. Let me explain.
A BASIC BELIEF WE HOLD
Here’s the thing: we don’t believe in putting animals in cages. Oh sure, our quail are in aviaries (actually Bev calls quailries, but that’s another story), but the aviaries are rather large and we are quite certain the quail feel a certain freedom of movement.
Our chickens have the entire yard to roam in. The rabbits are in the aviaries so that is considerably better than living in a cage….and the goats have the entire yard. We believe we are providing a much better home by doing this than if we kept our animals in wire cages that severely restrict their movement….thus, they are in a sanctuary.
Sitting in our backyard is like sitting in an emotional sanctuary for Bev and I. We love it here. We are at peace here. We leave the craziness of the world at the front door. When we walk into the backyard we enter a different world.
So the word “sanctuary” is very appropriate.
Sanctuary also means a place of safety. We have spent quite a bit of money to keep our animals and birds safe. Short of a grizzly bear, nothing is going to harm our critters. We could have done it all cheaper but the way we see it, our animals’ safety is our responsibility. Bev and I are the ones who made a commitment to raise animals and birds, and part of that commitment is to give them a quality life while they are with us. There are less expensive ways to do this urban farming gig, and I’ll talk about many of them in this blog, but I won’t cut costs where safety is concerned.
We use what is called half-inch hardware cloth on the aviaries. We learned the hard way. The first time we did this we used chicken wire, only to find out a determined raccoon or weasel can get through chicken wire. That cost us twenty-two quail and it was a lesson well-learned. So hardware cloth it is; expensive but safe. We dug a trench a foot deep all the way around the two aviaries and sunk the hardware cloth that deep to prevent animals from burrowing in…and out…another precaution that equals safety.