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Posted 4/22/2013 7:53pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

Jason moves chicken house to pasture

Jason moves the chicken house out to pasture

The first chickens to leave the house

The first brave chickens to leave the house for pasture in the morning

Jason collects the first egg

The first egg!

 

On Saturday, we added a few chickens to our livestock mix.  Livestock seems to have taken over my camera.  It has Jason shaking his head and muttering things about “childless couples.”   It’s true, isn’t it.  I’ve begun collecting substitutes for children.  Not in the literal sense, of course.  I rationalize it because they all have farm jobs. Still, critters need me in a way that plants don’t.  Plants need care, attention, and perhaps even love and sweet talkin’, but they just grow up too quickly.  Once we’ve planted them in the ground and given them their best shot, they’re likely to survive without us.  Maybe not thrive, but survive.  With critters, it’s just not the same.  The pigs crave our attention.  Whenever we come around, they get up from their lazy stupor, do a couple of happy tail spins, then follow us around in perpetual curiosity.  So far, the chickens seem to depend on us to remind them where their roosts are and where they’re intended to lay their eggs.  I swear the chard doesn’t even notice when I wander over to check out its progress.

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