Chickens, enjoying a pile of hay with Mr. Pibb.
My morning animal chores take about an hour. I feed the dogs and cats first. The noise of dog food falling into the dog dish on the porch is the first signal to the goats and donkeys that I’m coming. The donkeys bray and the goats bleat. Everyone gets excited. I give everybody hay and fill up their water buckets. I tie up Glory Bee and milk Beulah Petunia while she gets her feed. (In whatever is the setup of the day.) I put the milk in the house and go back to see how everybody’s doing and finish up. Take some time to pet my goaties. I feed the chickens and ducks and collect eggs.
Working with animals on a daily basis, a lot of animals, is work. It can be messy and hard. I always come inside and go straight to the sink to scrub my hands with soap. But it’s also fun and cute and a great way to start the day. They depend on me. They’re always thrilled to see me. And they give so much back. It’s satisfying.
I can’t imagine starting my days any other way for the rest of my life.