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The yard

The yard, with its poultry and pigs, was another area (though outside the house) where the housewife was in charge. Chickens, ducks, and geese provided eggs and meat, both for the household and the market.

Thou must . . . serve thy swine, both morning and evening, and give thy pullen [fowl] meat in the morning, and when time of the year cometh, thou must take heed how thy hen, ducks and geese do lay, and to gather up their eggs. . .
(John Fitzherbert, 1525.)