Have you ever taken the time to stop and think about these feathery creatures?
I read somewhere recently that chickens are the closest living species related to dinosaurs, and I thought, “huh, how can something so small be related to a mammoth T-Rex?”
When I did further research, I found that chickens apparently have undergone fewer genomic changes than other species, so their DNA and chemical makeup resembles that closest to these prehistoric mammals.
So, I guess chickens are miniature dinosaurs? Probably not, but I’m cool with thinking that.
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Ever since I was young, chickens fascinated me, and I always wanted to befriend them. But it wasn’t until I started working at Long Hill Reservation that I truly got to experience the beauty of these birds.
Long Hill is part of the Trustees of Reservations, and they have countless locations all along the North Shore. I had the pleasure of working at Long Hill for two beautiful summers of my young life, and the staff there were incredible. We still keep in touch!
At Long Hill, my job entailed pruning and weeding bushes and flower beds, planting and watering plants, dead-heading and dead-wooding shrubs, skimming ponds of debris, and updating the “What’s in Bloom” board. My favorite, though, was taking care of the chickens, making sure they had fresh water and enough food at the start of each day. Also, visiting them on my lunch breaks and giving them any leftover scraps.
This job, I can honestly say, was the best one I’ve had. Working outside in the warm sunshine, running indoors when the sky opened up and decided to cry on us, driving a golf cart along the premises and feeling like a boss (aside from when I accidentally ran into a light post and knocked it over… oops), and interacting with a variety of different people from all walks of life – sharing with them the beauty of nature.
Looking back, I feel so blessed and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Chickens are crazy, and I think I’m a little crazy, so it works. One day, I’d love to have a little coop of my own, but until then, I’m content with just visiting these guys at Long Hill (or anywhere really).