Farm chores can be a good therapy tool. Keeping busy can be a necessary evil when waiting for words from family for a significant event. This weekend was full of finishing projects that has been started a while back, fixing small things around the house and yard, and the normal daily farm chores.
A project we had talked about doing for a while was to block off the AC units from the chickens. They have been hanging around the condensors because it pushes out air… lovely in this heat, but they do not need to huddle there and clog up the vents.
Because of this project, we had to build something for the chickens to perch and play on. I do believe they are enjoying their new fun zone made from repurposed barn wood. My Batman did a great job.
The girls have built in nesting boxes in the coop but they refuse to lay eggs in them. They would rather sleep in them. I have tried a few tricks to get them to use them but they would rather use the floor. So this weekend we gathered creates to use them as nesting boxes. So far so good. We have a dozen hens and they are using two locations now instead of everyone lining up to use just one nest… like an assembly line.
Looking forward to the guineas and turkeys growing large enough to go outside. They are a couple weeks old now and making a huge mess! Today I found the blonde turkey walking around in my bathroom… it hopped right out of the tub. So happy the light was on so that I did not step on it. The guineas do not look purple to me….. Royal Purple and Lavender… not seeing it yet.
The kits are enjoying life… they are spending more time out of the bedding than in it. Hop hop hopping around… adventurous little things. We are hoping to have two more batches of babies next weekend.
Mowing in the heat is not my most favorite chore of the weekend but it’s something that needs to be done… one of those necessary evils, especially when it is forecasted to rain for the next week.
Chickens, bunnies, gardening, mowing, cooking, cleaning, home repairs (sump pump repair is another story from this weekend… I love being homeowners!) can all be used for therapy in life.
But it does not prepare you for getting a message that the funeral date has been set for the best man of your wedding almost 20 years ago. I am going to need more chores to get through this emotional roller coaster of a week.