My kids are 13 and 11 years old. My son has been a beekeeper since he was 10. He is certified by the state to handle bees and all that bees do. I leave most of that up to him. I process the honey and sometimes he helps with that. It is a hot and hard job though, so usually I end up out on the screened in porch, sweating my face off.
Both of my kids moved to this farm 4 years ago. They started chores right away, albeit without animals at first. They helped cut down trees and move old structures. Yes, they did. I know, you are eyeballing your kid over the top of the computer right now thinking about all the water bottles in the car and why can’t THEY clean that up while my kids are out shoveling poop. Don’t worry, we have a car full of half empty water bottles too.
Both kids are able and do feed all of the animals, take water in buckets and gather eggs. We also have a lot of wood cutting and poop shoveling that has to happen. Both can harness up a donkey or a goat if need be and they can both stare down a grumpy donkey.
So when someone asks me if they help on the farm, I usually don’t list everything they do. It is second nature. We work as a team and no isn’t an option as an answer. To make this place run, we all help and chip in when asked. They do inside chores also but are a little more reluctant.
My son is the snake/frog/critter catcher. Any time there is one somewhere it shouldn’t be, we call for him unless we can catch it ourselves. We are not as quick and calculated as he is, he is just better at it. The kids move hay and large bags of grain. They love to drive the golf cart that we use to carry things around the 14 acres here.
We also have 2 dogs and a cat in the house, they have chores that revolve around those animals too. My daughter is the dog and cat feeder. Every day she feeds them in the morning and afternoon.
If you are having trouble getting your kids to help, try to make it fun. Try to show them the reward and don’t worry about them getting dirty. Teach life skills. Lead by example. Don’t have your kid do anything you won’t do, except handle snakes and frogs.