One of the boys chores is tending to the chickens. They alternate days and fill the water container, make sure they have food, bring in the eggs, and close them in at night. When D. and M. get home from school, I often ask, "whose chicken day is it?" so that I can ask that person to take care of the special items for the day, like putting fresh straw in the nests, or dumping the compost. P. has started answering this question, "Mine, it's MY chicken day."
Every day is P's chicken day.
We go over to the barn together and she tends to them in the morning. She loves to give them their chicken scratch which consists of cracked corn and other grains. Even when the container is almost empty she enjoys this job. You will notice that her feet are not touching the ground. She is doing a big, important job.
We keep the big door latched and the hens go in an out of a small door on the side (it is pictured in the photos above). When we are out in the yard playing or working in the garden P goes to check on them. She has discovered how she can get in to feed them corn.
Yep. That is the other side of the wall shown in the top photo.
I hope that as she gets older, she will continue to think that helping around the "farm" is fun.