One of the most meaningful times in my day is the early morning feeding ritual. It starts about 6:00 a.m. here with the line up of cats.
Then after I cook and pack up breakfast and lunch for my husband to take to work I gather up all the veggie scraps and by 6:30 I head to the barn to feed all my babies. The first stop is almost always then pen that houses Theo and Clem (a bonded bunny pair) and they live with my very old (12) chicken Ripple. I feed them carrot ends, lettuces and whatever I have accumulated and I always make sure that Ripple gets her abundance of blueberries.
Then onward to the next pen where Albert Einstein and Chinch (another bonded bunny pair) live with Olivia a guinea pig and Stella a cockatiel. I feed them the rest of the crunchy veggie medley and head over to let the chickens out of the night coop.
Our chickens are primarily free to roam the property, however if I am low on eggs I sometimes keep them in an enclosed yard with access to the lay boxes so that I can fill up my egg crate! The chickens love lettuces, spinach, blueberries, carrots……. well come to think of it they love just about anything but stink bugs and prickly caterpillars.
After the initial fresh veggie feeding I usual make sure they all have fresh water, hay and pellets or seed and then I head back to the house to feed the dogs who have been romping and having a great morning play session.
Each morning the animals have trained me to proceed exactly like that and if I feed the dogs out of sequence, they don’t eat their food until after we get back from the barn feedings! Its a thing I love to do even when its pouring outside, we all vibe together, we are one big tribe.