I love having a small flock of chickens. Every time I reach for a freshly laid egg, it's like receiving a small gift. It's a moment of joy.
Chickens are easy to care for, not much work at all. I open the coop in the morning and they come out to a fresh bowl of water and a measure of layer feed. I do a quick head count, observe them briefly for signs of injury or illness. Then I open the coop and check for early morning eggs and inspect the condition of the coop. Several times during the day I will check on them, do they have enough fresh water, do they need more feed or maybe bring them a treat of scaps and scrapings from the plates. They sure do love scrambled eggs and milk that is going sour.
Today is nice and warm for this time of year. I am doing out to clean up and scape out some of the poo that is matted and nasty. I am consoling myself by thinking how beneficial chicken manure is for the garden.