It is a cold, wet, miserable day on the farm today. Sleeting rain and high winds and a definite “chill” in the air is keeping us all indoors today.
For our free ranging chickens the only thing worse than wet & windy is snow, so they too stay tucked into the coop.
Except for our “spare rooster” who promptly dashes out of the hen house first thing in the morning to keep away from our main man. Our daughter took pity on him after finding him curled up in the wood shed, shivering and trying to stay warm without the other chicken bodies beside him.
And so the rule of “no chickens inside the house” gets adjusted today, and “Mr T” (previously known as Tweety Pie, but changed after his rooster-ness started showing) gets to visit the spa.
A warm fire, a loving friend and even snacks (for when he gets hungry) His feathers dried off and he actually fell asleep on my daughters lap as he warmed up.
Now, we may be spoiling our chickens by doing this, but I think sometimes everyone deserves a little bit of extra love and nurturing.
And since one was already in there and settled, what’s one more? My daughters elderly hen was added to the mix and given some extra attention as well today.
Our decision to get chickens has never been regretted. Along with the supply of fresh eggs, the entertainment and interest these birds provide for our kids is long lasting. They will spend hours taking care of and nurturing their birds, and as a parent, being able to slide the rules on a miserable day just adds to the fun.
As long as the girls make sure that the chickens go back outside when they are done!