Our children have chores in the following areas:
- Pierce is our Farm Hand and does Maintainance & Handy Man stuff
- Abe helps with our Sheep
- Sam helps with our Goats
- Ruthie & Luci help with our Chickens
- Jesse disposes of our Compost
I've had farm chore responsibilities for about 4 years now. My chores have changed quite a bit over the years. When I first started I was responsible for cleaning out the cat's litter box, then giving food and water to the chickens, then raising broiler peeps to six or even seven pound birds for meat for our family and helping butcher them, and most recently taking care of the sheep & goats (feed, water, minerals, rotating pastures, milking and shearing). In the past four years I've learned a lot. For example, when the skin under the sheep's chin sags it means that they are suffering from a parasite infestation. I have also learned that a chicken has a little green sack that can poison all the meat from the chicken if popped while butchering.Managing a small farm is hard work, and the reality is that there is always work to be done. We've got our hands full with a small herd of sheep/goats, two farm dogs, thirteen chickens and a quarter acre of garden space. While the learning curve is difficult at times as we learn together with our kids we're seeing the rewards far outweigh the challenges that we have to face.