Boy, it has been HOT lately. I'm going on vacation at the end of the week and I can't wait to get out of this humidity. Of course, there is always the issue of taking care of the animals while I'm gone. I've hired a neighbor to feed and water the chickens and collect the eggs. I honestly didn't think that it would become a big deal until he asked the same questions about when to feed and such more than three times in one conversation. Okay, I get it. He doesn't take care of chickens often so he was being sure. Then something came up that I'd never would have thought about addressing while I was showing him around the run. You see, I have quite a bit of greenery in my 44' by 22' run. Most of it is from Passion Fruit flowering vines. I have one side of the run completely covered on the outside with it and it gives quite a bit of shade (one end also is covered in blackberry bushes which the chickens LOVE). Inside, the vines cover much of the middle part of the run and it gives the smaller girls some shade and all of them will nibble from time to time. I made a mention that I hoped that the vines would grow a bit more to give the bigger girls more shade by the end of the summer and the neighbor said that he was glad that I mentioned the plants, or more over the fact that I wanted them to grow more, since he had already planned to WEED MY RUN while I was gone. After all, he'd never seen anyone have plants inside a chicken run before. That's because it is hard to find something hardy enough to survive chickens that won't hurt them! Boy would I have been upset if I came home to find a barren run. Just out of curiosity, what are some other things that folks have come home to after a vacation after someone tried to "help" them while on vacation.