Saturday evening, this comment was made on The Bad Baby Has a Birthday post (though it is in part in reference to my Milking a Cow Once a Day post:
I joined this forum because I read an article by somebody who said she bought a cow and finds the cow lot of work. She milks the cow only once a day. Now I can’t find that article. I could not comment before because I was not a member and when I became a member and could post I can’t find the article. Cows cost money and the owner milks only once a day. I think the owner of the cow is the owner of the site. She bought the cow only because she wants material for this blog and she can afford to maintain the blog. But if I were to buy the cow I’d milk the cow at least four times a day because any less milking is under milking the cow. I’d sell its milk and try to recover the cost of the cow. Keeping a cow is not that much work. But it makes me sick when the owners ask questions like what’d happen if we do not milk the cow or milk it only once a week and not even once a day. I ‘d read the comments on that article. Every body agreed with the article and said that they too milk their cow only once a day. They let the milk f0 rot and that will cause the cow to get mastitis. If that happens the cow will not produce milk. Lots of people have cows whose cows produce milk only in three quarters or even two quarters of the udder. I too have had cows all my life and I’m surprised when people buy the cows and do not want to milk. They probably think of cow as a pet like they would think of a Dog or a cat as a pet. Only Dog or a cat would be a cheaper pet than a cow. Even a Goat would be a cheaper pet. You could afford to buy a goat and not use it to make money by selling its milk. I found the name of the owner of this site. Suzanne McMinn. She shows a cow sucking the milk of another cow. To her it is fun. If I’d two cows they would not be drinking each other’s milk. —mahapundit
I read this comment after coming home late Saturday evening from the emergency room with Morgan, who had fallen and hit her head during a volleyball tournament. (She’s fine.) I was tired and not in a really good mood, and I had all sorts of things I would have liked to say to mahapundit, and had to restrain myself.
Then I decided, you know, this is what they call one of those teachable moments! I’ve had experience with a lot of different animals. I have something to share! If you’re thinking about doing something like this, here is my Top 10 List of Animals to Acquire for Material for Your Blog!
(I don’t recommend getting children for material for your blog, by the way. Children are expensive, require a lot of attention, and they talk back.)
Photo by Natalie Cyphers.
Cows are the last animals I’d recommend acquiring for purposes of material for a blog. Cows are big and take some experience to handle. They eat a lot (because they’re big) and they require a large amount of pasture if you don’t want to buy a large amount of hay. A dairy cow, in particular, requires daily attention and time. Managing a dairy cow, including handling the milk and subsequent products to be made from the milk, will, in fact, interfere with the time you have to blog.
Sheep don’t require a lot of daily attention, but they do require a lot of pasture and they are adept escape artists when given the opportunity. They do have cute babies, but because they’re expensive to keep (either in pasture or hay), I can’t in all good conscience recommend acquiring them as material for a blog.
Ducks are adorable and funny, but they tend to get lost, run off, or get eaten, which results in heartbreaking blog stories. I can’t recommend them as material for a blog unless you expect to have better luck.
Ditto re: ducks.
Pigs are cute when they’re little, but we all know where their story’s going, so it’s best not to talk about them on your blog too much, therefore they are of little use as material for a blog. However, they’re quite tasty!
Donkeys are easy to keep, require little regular care other than the occasional hoof trimming, and they don’t eat that much all things considered. They’re friendly and they like people. I’d definitely recommend them as material for a blog.
Cats don’t care about you that much, but they don’t eat that much, either, and don’t require a lot of daily care. Very easy animals to keep on hand for material for a blog. If you’re looking for no muss, no fuss, get a cat.
Dogs LOVE YOU, and though they eat more than cats, they will spend more time with you letting you take pictures and write stories about them. Highly recommended as material for a blog.
Adorable, friendly, and smart. They don’t eat too much, and they make cute babies. Highly recommended as material for a blog.
And the number one animal to acquire for material for a blog?!
Chickens are by far the easiest farm animals to keep. If you let them free-range, they will practically take care of themselves. They’re the least expensive animal on a farm. They’re always busy doing something, and the story possibilities are endless as are the photo ops.
They’re hardly ever scary.
And they don’t usually drive.
Get a chicken or 12 today and start a blog!
I hope that helps!