I have friends who were going on a long trip but they had about a dozen chickens that needed to be taken care of. Well, of course I volunteered to feed the chickens. Since they lived ten miles from me and since it is not good for a car to sit for weeks on end they gave me the use of their car. So, I had a car to use and they had their chickens fed.
Now, like I said they lived ten miles away on about twenty-five acres of mostly wooded land. Their home was about a mile off the main highway, down a dirt road. About three-fourths of the way down the road it forks off, one fork going to their house and the other going to their neighbors. They didn’t want anyone to be able to easily get to their house or to be on their property while they were away so they placed a fallen tree across the fork in the road that goes to their house. So, I had to drive up to their neighbors and beyond their house, down a hill which kind of had a path on it and then traverse a shallow ditch to get back onto the road that led to their chickens. I had to drive the car kind of sideways across the ditch but it really wasn’t all that bad.
Once on the property I would park the car and try to see if I could spot the roosters, there were three of them running free. Only one of them was really mean but he was mean enough for all three of them. I could not turn my back on him. I had been told I could cook and eat him if I could catch him. All I had to do was grab him by the head and fling his body around to wring his neck. Ok, so this didn’t really appeal to me, I am not a city girl but I am not a country girl either! And actually after a couple of weeks the roosters disappeared, they did live in the woods you know and other things that do like to eat chickens also live in the woods. I never did find out just what happened to those roosters but they were not missed I can tell you that.
Feeding the chickens was not hard, I had to mix some feed and shell together and fill the feeders, replenish the water supply which meant turning the well on and filling the water dispenser and remembering to turn the well back off just in case we had a frost during the night. Which we did and since I had turned the well off when the neighbor thought he was doing something good by coming down and turning the well off he was actually turning it on and the darn thing did freeze. So now I had to bring water from home to take care of filling the dispenser. And when my friends came home they had to get the well fixed. Not my fault!
As for my friends they had quite a trip. There was a husband and his wife, his mother and his aunt on this trip. They bought a motor home to travel in and went out to California to visit the man’s other aunt. While there the Aunt from North Carolina, where we lived, died suddenly. It was nice that she got to see her sister before she died but it sure complicated the trip. Along with the sadness, when a person dies in a state where they don’t reside they have to do an autopsy. Then they had to arrange to get her back to where she grew up to be buried. All this meant the trip which was supposed to take three weeks took more like six weeks.
It was quite an experience for me, taking twice as long as I thought it would, but for several weeks I had fresh eggs, all my family could eat.