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Daily Animal Chores

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I am a firm believer in chores. They are not only necessary to delegate tasks and make life more productive but also so that children can learn responsibility and the fact that they are an important, contributing part of this family. Our chores are varied here. Some include things that are tied to feeding our family, others have their roots in keeping our home clean and in working order, while others are responsibilities that help others (younger kids and animals).

Today I am sharing with you our daily animal chores. We have 22 chickens, 3 cats, 4 kittens, 2 horses, a dog, a snake (Faith’s personal pet), and a rabbit (Georgia’s personal pet).  Personal pets are cared for by their owner, and that responsibility never falls on anyone else unless that person isn’t here or is ill. As for the other animals, the responsibilities are delegated to the children and incorporated into our daily chore schedule.

Our daily animal chores can be broken down into morning, afternoon, and evening chores. We tend to anchor our chores around times/routines that stay somewhat consistent so we have an easier time making those tasks a no-brain-habit.

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Morning (breakfast time):

Horses – feed grain, feed hay, fill water trough, fill water buckets, muck stalls, muck paddock, compost manure
Chickens – let out, fill feed, fill water

Dog – refresh water and feed

Cat/Kittens – refresh water, feed, scoop litter box in the garage

Rabbit – let out, refresh litter, fill hay feeder, feed food, sweep cage, compost manure


Afternoon (after lunch):

Chickens – gather eggs, clean egg, date stamp egg, refrigerate eggs

Horses – midday snack (if home)

Evening (after dinner)

Horses – feed grain, feed hay, fill water trough, fill water buckets, muck stalls, muck paddock, compost manure

Dog – refresh water and feed

Chickens – close up the coop

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