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  • ONE MIGHT think the foregoing image represented four Christmas dinners on the hoof, but if one so thought, one would be mistaken. The farmer and his wife are practicing vegans and just keep the geese for the joy of their company -- and for their assistance in keeping the grass trimmed.
  • THE TRACTOR comes in handy when it's time to muck out the stalls and lay down fresh straw for the sheep
  • THE ROOSTER -- whom our granddaughter Kyla has named "Old Psycho" for his tendency to attack any two-legged creature who shows what he deems inappropriate interest in his harem of hens -- struts about and shoots his beak off with a loud "Kikeri-ki!" whenever the spirit moves him (often, and not just at sunrise).
  • MEANWHILE, the ducklings hover around the brooder while they wait for their feathers to fledge, chattering away in their charming little soprano voices.
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