Their new-hire orientation started with a thorough inspection of the facilities. I reassured them that a work order for a fresh coat of paint has been submitted to the maintenance department. They approved.
Next, a tour of the grounds. They liked the temporary location in the pasture but were delighted to see that their future home will have plenty of shrubs and trees to browse.
They were anxious to meet the existing staff.
They had lots of questions including "What are those little creatures making all the noise and is that giant, white beast over there going to eat us"? The Golden Girls explained what chickens were and assured them Willa was harmless.
They found that hard to believe by the looks of her.
But eventually, they found the courage to approach and introduce themselves.
Willa, having spent her youth with goats, was more than a little overjoyed to meet their aquaintance. So when they came near she lept to her feet, stood on her hind legs with her paws on the fence and shouted "Hi! Hello! How are you?! I'm so happy to meet you! We'll be bestest friends! I love you and I'm going to protect you!"
We found them about an acre away in the opposite corner of the pasture where they politely declined the need for her protection. "We're good", they said. "And, uh, we'll start working over here if you don't mind."
I might need to schedule some interpersonal skills training for Willa...
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