Yep. After a week on the farm, I am officially smitten with chickens.
Especially the five ladies I’ve taken under my wing (so to speak) for this house sitting adventure. I had no idea what beautiful, smart and delightfully entertaining creatures chickens are. They are feathered comediennes and you can’t help but smile when you interact with them.
I’ve been getting to know “the girls” for several days now. Each has a unique personality. They are very social and quite talkative. I am totally gaga over these feathered beauties. Last night I sat in the grass and tried my hand (with moderate success) at chicken portraiture.
Every evening I let them out of the chicken pen to wander freely around the lawn and into the edge of the vineyard. They are lined up and waiting by 5:00 p.m. calling me to hop to it and open the damn gate already. They make a break and their first stop is usually a nice dirt bath.
Around dusk I head out to wrangle everyone back into the coop for the night. My secret weapon is a big bag of Happy Hen Treats aka dried mealworms. A few hardy shakes of the bag and the girls come running. They are a sight to behold! Spending time with these feathered lovelies has been one of the highlights of this house sit. You never know what adventures life has in store. I am so glad I said yes to this opportunity.
Cheers from the vineyard,
*Originally posted in Nancy’s retirement blog Just a Backpack & a Rollie in June 2014.