Spring has officially arrived and we are in the middle of all the usual projects and a few extras this year. We have added a rabbit, and Bearded Dragon to our list of pets, and we now have a new puppy named Lucy. She is a Border Collie/Australian Shepard mix. Hopefully she will be a help to us in protecting the property and keeping our animals where they need to be. She is now about 11 weeks old, and already showing promise. She is very smart and is already beginning to learn the basic commands of sit and down. She is more interested in watching the chickens than trying to chase them so that is a definite advantage. Our hope is that she will herd instead of chase down and "play" with our chickens.
We have extended our chicken runs, began building another coop, started planting the gardens, found the previous years asparagus beginning to break through and the first blooms and first leaves developing on the trees and exploding into anticipation of warmer days ahead.
Today we have new chicks hatching. It is so exciting to see those first pecks on the egg shell after having to wait for three weeks for them to develop...waiting, wondering, anticipating, and hoping that you will have a successful hatch. The sound of those first peeps, the struggle as they unzip their shells, and the wonderful moment when they finally finish and take a little nap before actively encouraging others to do the same. It is a very exciting couple of days indeed.