Guest post by Pam Baker
Chickens are fun. Ask anyone who has them. Well, fun is a relative term; you can’t take them to the movies or play cards with them, but many chicken keepers will tell you that they spend enjoyable hours watching their antics.Some make pets out of them, give them names and form that special bond that pet owners have with their pets.Let me say for the record, our chickens are not pets.They have no names; they have jobs.Their job is to provide nourishment for my family. [It can be no other way as both my husband and I love animals. We have 5 dogs and 3 cats.] However, we take their care and welfare very seriously.We clean the roosting area at a minimum of every week and put fresh bedding down in the nest boxes.We wash their feed and water devices several times weekly.Since they are still in their “tractor” until the snow flies, they get fresh forage as we move the “tractor” daily.They also get scraps 4-6 times per week in the form of garden produce or plants.So, we feel that their basic needs are well met.Occasionally, we have been known to let them out of the tractor if we will be working in the yard for an extended period of time.They don’t range far.They tend to gather under the pine tree and scratch the thick layer of pine needles or wander into the garden and do insect control.Rounding them back up when we are done is fun.That is if you are watching, not doing!