Note: This is especially effective when the humidity is above 80 percent.
Carry 24 pounds of water from the garden pump to the chicken coops. Do 1-3 sets, depending on which chicken coops need to be refreshed. The heavy layers must be refreshed daily, but the bantams and the old girls need every-other-day refills.
Carry feed bucket, about 5 pounds, to chicken coops. Do 2-3 sets. The old girls get treats more often so they need fewer feeder refills.
In warm weather only, wrestle bull snakes from nesting boxes. Weight depends on size of snake, but the full-grown snakes are surprisingly heavy. And any snake is in constant motion once you have her in the loop of your snake catcher.
Question: Does the elation you get from snagging the snake in your loop count as cardio? Walking the wriggling snake down the drive and dropping her over the fence is certainly a good workout.
For lighter activity, carry eggs from the nesting boxes into the house. What do 6-12 eggs weigh?
About a third of mine are bantam eggs, say 1.5 ounces each. About a third are jumbo, or 2.5 ounces each. Lets just say my daily take averages about 2 ounces each, 12-24 ounces plus the basket. That’s 1- to 1 1/2 pounds. Hey, every pound counts!
Unload 6 50-lb. bags from the back of the Subaru.
Lift 6 50-lb. bags onto the lip of the metal feed barrel and empty into barrel.
Unload 6-8 square bales of hay into the hay shed. This is only an unload if you buy your hay from Sean down the road. He helps you load it into the pickup. Otherwise, this is a two-set job.
Haul wheelbarrow loads of dirty hay to the compost pile. The cleaning portion of this job is definitely a cardio workout.
To balance out the hard work of keeping a flock, make sure to spend some time sitting on the porch, enjoying the show, and listening to the rooster’s song.