Many of these routines are a chance to check that everything is ok - that animals are not sick or missing, fences breached or plants ripe. Sometimes routine tasks can take much longer than planned because some action is required for maintaining or repairing.
This afternoon when I approached one of the chook runs there wasn't a reception party stalking up and down the fence waiting for me. Usually the rooster and two of the older hens almost head out of the gate towards the waiting kelpie in their eagerness to announce their hunger. For the past few days the rooster has been keen to have a piece of me as I enter the run and head for the feed bin in the shed.
Two younger hens - a bantam and a crossbred hen always run clucking and calling, away from this fiercesome stranger bearing food, to the shelter of the regrowth on the far side of the pen.
It wasn't much of a crisis but it reminded me how important it is to notice the subtle changes. Animals and plants may not have the gift of human speech but they can tell you a lot when they don't follow the expected. The more I notice what is happening on Opportunity Farm the better.