Chores, chores, chores… every morning and evening we always have chores!! I admit, doing chores every single day… morning and night… day in and day out… can leave us feeling burned out at times. There’s no break… the animals have to be fed and watered… let out during the day and penned up at night… no matter what, whether it’s poop needing scooped, water pans needing scrubbed, food dishes needing filled… there’s always something needing to be done.
Aside from the occasional burn out though, we actually really do enjoy doing chores. Letting the turkeys out and watching them eagerly wait to be fed… opening the barn door and seeing happy chickens run out ready to start the day scratching for bugs… walking to the barn to find the goats waiting by the gate, happy to see you… and finding occasional surprises always makes the everyday task of doing chores worth it.
Yep, surprises!! Surprises don’t happen too often, but when they do, it adds so much fun and excitement to the day! In fact, today was a day that we had a neat little surprise happen. It’s kind of a coincidence because I’ve been planning a post about our chore routine and was planning on finishing it up today. So I had to do a little revising because I just had to add in the exciting news and tell you all about this morning’s surprise.
A while back, we noticed two of our guineas had disappeared and once they’d been gone for a while, we assumed something had happened to them. So this morning when I went out to do chores, I was really happy and relieved to find them waiting by the barn door. Once I got closer, I saw exactly why they had been missing…
They were proudly standing there with their sixteen fluffy babies; their second hatching for the year. So yeah, that’s where they’d disappeared to; they were attentively caring for and hatching a new clutch of keets.
Aren’t they just so cute?
Our chore routine varies depending on the season and what animals we have to take care of. Generally, chores through the late spring, summer and early fall take longer than winter chores because we have more animals and projects going on. We’ve learned from experience to downsize the number of animals we keep to a minimum through the winter and raise all the animals for meat through the warmer months. Chores in the winter aren’t much fun when the temps are freezing and there’s lots of snow on the ground, so keeping chores short during that time works best for us.
Here’s a video, taken just a few days ago, of what our chore routine looks like at the moment:
Even though chores can be a lot of work at times, we really do have a good time doing them. They’ve become such a regular part of our life that we’d actually miss them and our days would seem pretty empty without them. For us, we couldn’t imagine a better way to start the day.
What’s your chore routine like? I always enjoy seeing others’ set up and how chores are done so feel free to post a link of your chore routine in the comments.