I just love evening chores, especially now when it is cold and all of my peeps are confined and without grass. When the back door slams shut and I walk out singing and they hear me. The turkeys are the closest and they start squabbling, the chickens hear them and start cackling, the ducks sing their song and the geese honk loudly.
They eagerly wait for me, ears or eyes up, and smiling their little animal smiles... Dinner.
Bunny often hops towards me, nose wiggling, hoping for a carrot or piece of apple and some kale. All of the fresh summer/autumn goodies are almost gone. It was 30 degrees F last night.
Those little turkeys aren't so little anymore. We kept two. She is so curious and always hoping for kale or broccoli leaves...
And the girls? They know when it is time to go to the barn. They hear the buckets and hear me sing and come to the gate hoping for food.
Our Aracaunas are our newest and youngest flock. No eggs yet, but lots of pretty feathers and happy personalities.
The original flock. They head in on their own around 4:00 these days. The sun is setting so much earlier now. They go in to eat and get ready to roost.
Our three ducks. As the evening draws in and I walk out they turn and run to their house, eager, hungry and cold.
And finally, my two wonderful geese, Toulouse and Flory. They still think I am their mom so they go pretty easily as I herd them far across the yard back to their little house next to the turkeys. They honk, but go willingly.
Yes, I love this time of the day.
I never regret my chores. I really enjoy seeing all of my friends, singing to them, feeding them, and tucking them in for the night. It makes my heart feel so full, so right with the world when they are warm, well fed and content. I have done my job as their protector and partner.
The simple things in life give us so much joy.
Life is good.