We all need free time once in a while. Tonight after dinner I sure needed some. After a busy day with my job I needed some fresh air, so did my girls, and my hens. Also, there were of course garden and chicken chores. Now that the snow is melting the coop needed to be moved. I never like to leave my hens in one place too long. My two oldest girls are a big help moving our heavy coop. My youngest likes to latch onto the nesting boxes and push will all her might.
It is a good time to let the chickens out to free range. They love to dig deep into the dirt to find goodies. We have to watch them though because they like to go in the garden beds, and that could lead to disasters with our seedlings. We scoot them out of the boxes while my youngest peals with laughter.
Even the cat, sitting inside on the kitchen table looks on in interest.
I showed my middle daughter how to pick up and hold the chickens. She kept going from chicken to chicken picking them up. She was a natural. They sat calmly in her arms and didn’t try to flap away.
Even after my two youngest daughters succumb to the cold the chickens kept on with their foraging. One by one I picked them up and placed them back in their run. They got excited about the new grass, since the coop had been moved, and pecked at the lush green shoots. It is nice just to take a little bit of time to get out, get down with my girls and the chickens and slow the world down for a bit.