Since Chad was out of town Sunday afternoon until late Tuesday night Eden and I were responsible for taking care of all the hens (with lots of help from Papa Dan, of course!). Chad had the incredible opportunity to attend a meeting near Dallas with several renowned and large-scale poultry farmers. He got home at 11pm last night and we stayed up talking until 1:30am…which is WAY past my bedtime! But he was too excited not to share some of what he learned. He’s floating on air right now. I’m so thankful him and his two buddies were able to go and get refreshed and inspired together.
Since we don’t have broilers this time of year it’s not too difficult to take care of the hens (around 400 or so). In the mornings we fill up a barrel on the tractor with water and grab a couple bags of feed and head down to their house. Once their food and water is full, we let them out of their house to roam inside the net fence, which is currently on a nice green wheat field. (Though they hardly stay inside the fence…grrr!) We do the same thing with our old hens, which are down in the field where our vegetables are grown. In the afternoon we gather eggs (around 15 dozen right now), and then at dark we shut them into their houses until morning to protect them from predators. I’m so thankful my father-in-law helped me take care of them all, especially with Eden running around picking up hens and chicken poop (ahhhh!)! She LOVES to help with chicken chores, and has since day one!