Some of our kids signed up to do animal chores.
Why don’t all of your kids do animal chores?
Not all of my kids wanted to do animal chores.
How do you decide who does what animal chores?
The easiest way for us to determine who does what animal chores was who do the animals belong to? After that I offered incentives to the kids who wanted to take on the left over animal chores. If no one has signed up for them, then they would have been mine and my husband’s chores.
My son loves dogs and has always wanted and looked after our dogs. He is in charge of getting them outside first thing in the morning. Then he feeds and waters them a few times throughout the day. He is also in charge of walking them, playing with them, bathing them, and poop scooping. They are his dogs.
My 11 year old son opted in for this animal chore. He is to feed & water the goats daily. He is compensated with money or screen time (his choice). Once the goats kid and we start milking he will get half the sales and the other half will go back in to the feed.
My 9 year old signed up for this chore. He is our little “Chicken Tender”. His job is to feed and water our chickens and collect the eggs daily. He has hired his 5 year old sister to collect the eggs. He enjoys selling the extra eggs locally by the the dozen and receiving half the sales fort himself and the other half for chicken feed.
My husband cleans out the chicken coop still, but we will probably teach our son how to do that soon too!
Cats, Bunnies, and Ducks, Oh My!
So many animal chores for the 7 year old, why?! Well because she can sweet talk her daddy in to almost anything! She wanted cats, and shortly after a neighbor was giving away sister kittens for free, so we took two. Next was bunnies, and what do you know? A neighbor was getting rid of two sister bunnies! Next was the ducks, surprisingly no neighbors were giving them away, but we did buy 3 of them at the local farm store. Our 7 year old feeds and waters these animals daily.