This is Flower Muffin. She is as big as her name. My Barred Rocks are huge. They grew so much while we were gone.
Many of you asked who watched the girls while we were gone. I have to say it was a combined effort. My oldest daughter has a full time job and could not leave so she stayed here at the house. She had the early morning and late evening duties. She would open their house door and make sure they had food and water in the mornings.
I then hired the neighbor girl to take the mid-day chores. Because we use the two coops she would come and let them run around for a while and then put them in the big run with lots of water and food. I had frozen ice blocks in case it was hot and she made a wading pool for them with ice and water to keep cool.
I also bought a flock block. This gigantic block of treats for them to peck at and keep boredom at bay.
They seemed to fare well. In the evenings the girls would be let out by my daughter to roam some more and then back into the small coop for the evening. I know it was sort of pain for my daughter as she is not as fond of them as I am but she did a great job and as she pulls out of the driveway in my car I remind her it pains me to pay for that car as well. Just kidding she did great but was glad to see the chicken mom come home. I have to day it was worth the money to hire the neighbor as she was able to cover when my daughter couldn't. Having pets takes care and planning and I felt better knowing she was around during the days to check on them.