This is what I did on my day off:
Morning chores: 1/2 hour (feed, water & open doors)
Met with customers, gave farm tour: 1 hour
Moved chicks out of Silkie coop to grow-out pen, fixed led light in silkie coop: 1/2 hour
Cleaned Guinea coop (20X12 building): 1 hour
Chased Guineas back into coop: 15 minutes
Washed food and water bowls that have accumulated all week: 1/2 hour
Cleaned out the brooders in the garage: 15 minutes
Evening chores: 1/2 hour (fill waters, lock up & count them all)
I can end up meeting with customers any day of the week actually. Some like to take some time and ask lots of questions about the birds, others like to pick their chicks and go. Some want a tour, some don't. It could go either way. I schedule appointments around my work hours, but sometimes people just show up.
Coops get cleaned more often in rainy weather of course, or when they have lots of chicks in the summer. Every weekend I clean a different coop, some more frequently then others:
- The Silkie house needs cleaned far more often then any other coop.
- The D'uccle coop can practically get forgotten...it never seems to get dirty.
- The Guinea house takes the longest of all the coops. It is the biggest.
- The grow out pen can be done in 10 minutes. No lie.
- The Wild West coops needs the most poop scraping during the week. The big cleaning only takes about as long as the Silkie coop, but needs done half as often.
I sorta got a routine, but it gets interrupted by spilled waterers and doors that were open when it rained. It's ok, I'm flexible like that. The funny thing is, until I started thinking about it today (prompted by someone at work yesterday asking what I'm doing on my 'day off') I never really considered how much I do. It didn't start like this. No one starts like this. We all started with 1 coop, right? There was supposed to be a few chickens, then suddenly it got full and another coop was needed. 4 years later I don't get a day off. *sigh*...but I do get faces like this looking up at me begging to be picked up for treats...so it all balances out!