Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Cleaning

I don't know what it is about Spring that makes us all think it's time to spring clean, I guess it's because the weather is so nice we don't feel like hiding in our hibernation caves anymore.  

When we got home from Spring Break with the kids I decided it was time to do a bit of spring cleaning.  I started on our junk drawer in the kitchen. Ok, I have to confess, I don't have one, but I will only admit to three. 

I quickly got bored with sorting 50 billion little nik-nak things, feeling guilty for throwing away loose paper-clips when I know I will need them someday, so I moved to cleaning out the refrigerator. Maybe food was on my mind.

By the time I was done opening leftovers from eight different plastic containers from God knows when, I had a garbage bag full of food for the chickens! Yeah, I recycle my food.

Sophia and I took a stroll down to the chicken coup and dumped the miscellaneous and mysterious food into a foot high pile.  The chickens came running like little lightening bolts and pecked away.

The next day, Vic said with a quizzical look on his face, "I don't understand why, but our neighbor's dogs were at our chicken coup last night, they barked for hours and kept me up all night." "Their barking caused all the other dogs around here to bark too." "I couldn't get Jack and King to stop barking either, they were going crazy wanting to get out of the garage to find out what was going on."  

 I couldn't imagine why the neighbor's dogs were at the coup. We have had the chickens for years with no problems from the dogs. 

Vic went on to tell me they had dug huge holes next to the coup trying to get in and he had to get down there to fill in the holes and assess what was going on.

I sat there for a moment and the light bulb turned on. I asked him if he thought the dogs would have tried to get in if there was raw meat in the coup.  He said, "Yes!" with a questioning look on his face.

I had to confess that not only did I clean out the refrigerator, but I also cleaned out the freezer of any and all meat and frozen objects that looked like meat, dated before 2009! I actually had a small tenderloin from 2008 that I knew wouldn't be tasty anymore. I threw the steak in the coup too, I thought the chickens would enjoy the meat when it defrosted. 

I was waiting anxiously for him to tell me the reasons you don't put raw meat in the chicken coup when I heard a huge laugh come out of him that startled me. He smiled, gave me a kiss on the forehead, and said "I'm glad the chickens didn't get eaten." 

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