Breed: Black Sexlink Egg Color: Brown
Early in March, Naomi came up to me and said she had heard through the grape vine that we were adopting a new flock of chickens. She seemed a little worried about how they would adjust to their new life. Naomi told me, “I remember my first day here and how scary it was. They need to know it will be alright. They need to know what a happy place this is.”
A couple of weeks later we brought home 330 pullets (a young hen that has not yet begun to lay eggs). Naomi saw that they were a little scared and unsure. She went out to the truck and greeted each pullet. She even moved in with the pullets to teach them about the farm and how to be a vital contributor to the farm’s success.
I was talking to Ruthie, one of the new pullets, and she told me about the day they arrived. Ruthie said, “I was looking out from the truck and wondering about my fate. Would I see my friends again? Would I be happy here? I was so afraid. Then I looked over and there was a hen. She was talking to each of us as we disembarked from the truck. She said her name was Naomi and that she knew how scary a new place was. And that we didn’t need to worry, we would be happy here. We would be loved and taken care of. I knew at that moment everything would be OK.”
Not only did she greet them, but she became their Coop Mother–helping them transition into adulthood.
Because of her compassion for others, leadership skills, and her willingness to put others first, we have chosen Naomi to be a Featured Employee.