Sunday, April 8, 2007

Cold snap

Spring was lovely -- while it lasted. We had a few weeks of really nice temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and even a couple days in the 70s. I knew it wouldn't last because it was March, and we've had snow in April in years past. Still, it is so hard to adjust back to freezing temperatures! I feel like I've been plunged into ice water the minute I go outside. It's interesting to watch the animals. Our livestock guardian always gets feisty when the weather turns cool. He was bouncing around like a puppy the first day of the cold snap. The pigs clearly prefer the warmer weather. They are back to spending all their time in their shelter unless they're eating.

We put 80 eggs in the incubators almost two weeks ago, so they'll start hatching around the 16th or 17th. We haven't had incubator chicks in four years, so this should be fun.

Speaking of spring babies, I think we'll have a lovely parade of new wild babies this year. A pair of wild ducks have been visiting the pond daily, and a pair of Canada geese have also showed up and become very protective of the pond. There was a pair of geese visiting daily before the flood. We think they had a nest behind the pond, which would have been washed away in the flood. It looks like they might be contemplating a nest on the banks of the pond now, which would be very exciting! Usually the geese bring their babies to visit at a fairly young age, but it would really be special if we were able to see them from Day 1.

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