Spring break brought decent weather and a high school freshman to my door.
Tyler volunteered to help me do some yard work and soon we were cleaning out the coop.
He came dressed to work, including his heavy duty boots so I gave him the special shovel and headed him to the hen house.
The entire coop was shoveled out and the heavy rubber floor mats were dragged out too!
Next we cleaned the nest boxes and took out the rubber mats while the red Meverette hen inspected our work.
Tyler said he "loved this." He kept up a constant chatter with the chickens and asked lots of great questions about the coop design, the breed of hens, their names and what my plans were for the garden.
While we were busy cleaning the nest boxes, Ms Marilyn was looking for a place to lay an egg.
She jumped into the shavings bale and made a nest in case she needed it.
We hurried and prepared one of the nest boxes just for her and she obliged by laying a very large egg in it about 15 minutes after we completed it.
In addition to the coop cleaning we trimmed a large forsythia bush and raked up parts of the garden and lawn. Tyler made light work of a few heavy jobs.
I sent him home with 24 seed starters that we planted with tomatoes and squash so he can start his own garden. And the hens gave him a dozen eggs for a job well done.
When the truck load of composted cow manure comes, I will be calling Tyler to help me spread it on the garden and asparagus beds. Should be a fun adventure.
Who helps you with your farm chores?
And do you pay them with food, products or cash ?