These girls do love their chickens.
Where did their chicken love start? Perhaps in Provence of all places. Several years ago we did a house swap, and taking care of chickens was part of the deal. The girls thought that was great fun and enthusiastically fed them and gathered their eggs.
Last summer, a farm became home to the girls, and they started dreaming about having chickens of their own. To get them ready, the hubby enrolled them in Chicken Care 101 otherwise known as helping to take care of Julia’s chickens when they were in Maine.
Every day they reported for duty, first letting the chickens out of the pen to roam free for a bit.
While the chickens were out, there was water to be changed. The girls learned that adding a few drops of vinegar to the fresh water helped control bacteria.
New food was carefully measured and food trays filled.
The girls found out that chickens create a lot of mess and that the pen had to be cleaned every day. They took this part of the job very seriously and uncomplainingly swept until the pen was perfect.
Once the chores were done, there was time for a little chicken play. The girls were very surprised to find that some chickens are very social.
Even Mom got into the act
and now on their own farm she and the girls share chicken love. Now, if those chicks will just start laying eggs……
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