This looks a little more like spring…

A few weeks ago my friend and her father got a new mama goat and her two kid goats.

baby goats

A little boy…

baby boy

And a little girl…

baby girl

They are so cute. I just love baby goats. They are probably one of my favorite, if not my favorite baby farm animal.

baby goats2

Come on how can you not love this face…

baby male

They got them to keep in with the chickens to help with flying predators, like hawks. My friend’s family also has a couple year old cows…

cows

And a big flock of 21 week old golden and silver laced wyandotte chickens…

chicks

They only have a few acres but do a lot with them. I am hoping spring will come soon, the grass will come back, and the warmer temperatures will come for our chickens sakes. 😉

First Day of Spring… I think NOT

So “they” say yesterday was the first official day of spring. Well at our place yesterday and today looked something like this…

Snow barn

Not that I am complaining as it was the only good snow we actually got this whole winter. Hubby and I were both home, no thanks to my county job. They were too cheap to let us off in a foot of snow so they put us on liberal leave, so I took off. I am not dumb enough to drive with people around here who have no idea how to drive in the snow. Hubby and I enjoyed two days together. We had a great time taking care of the animals, doing things inside the house, I cooked a lot, baked some, we cleaned the vehicles off, played games, and we watched the birds.

male cardnial

We had some company watching the birds, as little Grayson is an avid bird watcher. He spent most of the day at his bird watching spot very much entertained.

grayson

We get a little variety of birds like woodpeckers, blue jays, blue birds, nuthatches, cardinals, etc.

3 birds

It’s hard to get pictures of them all as by the time I would get my camera they would fly off. We even had our squirrel visitor.

squirl

Some of them liked to stay on the ground and eat the seed that fell from the bird feeders. Others flew all over from tree, to feeder, to the ground playing and eating in the snow.

Birds snow

We have a few pairs of cardinals. The males…

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And the females are both pretty to me and I counted at least 4 pairs today.

female cardnial

Looks like we got at least the foot of snow they said we would get. The chickens won’t be happy they still can’t get out tomorrow, but the treats of corn, seeds, veggies, and fruits we have been giving them, have kept them happy for now. Hope you are seeing spring where you are.

 

Guess What…

We got new baby chicks… (yes mom we did 😉 )

4 baby chicks

It wasn’t planned really as we thought we were done for a while with chickens, but these girls are addictive. A friend of ours at church was getting some and offered to add to his order because he was getting a kind I always wanted… Ameraucana ‘s 🙂

3 americanas

So meet our three girls the Ameraucana triplets…

3 Americanas chick

And here is our other new girl as we decided to go ahead and add a new brown egg layer. So here is our first Barred Rock baby…

bard rock

They are sweet birds and less skittish then the last couple of batches we got. So we are excited to add to our flock.

4 babys

If you think chickens are not addictive… I beg to differ 😉 The proof is above 🙂

And back again…

I know I just posted about the looks of spring coming to our area. I was looking forward to some nicer weather and the wind to not be so much of a bother.

tulips

But today I woke up to this… snow, cold, wind 😦 The ground, deck, and all were covered.

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My flower beds were covered too and my poor budding flowers.

 

I guess old man winter is not ready to let go just yet. I hope it doesn’t keep my tulips and other flowers from blooming when spring does finally decide to stay. Weather says possibly more snow tonight. We shall see.

I Spy… Spring

A couple weeks ago or so it looked like this…

snow-logs

The boys were out playing in the snow…

baxter-snow

And jumping on the logs that hubby has been splitting for fire wood…

chase-log-snow

It was a winter wonderland. And today….

green

There were blooms and buds everywhere…

dafodill-buds

Pretty little flowers…

purple-flowers

Of many colors…

yellow-flower

Buds pushing through for daffodils…

buds

So many flowers coming through the ground…

flowers

The chickens were all over the place and loving the nicer weather…

chickens

And I have been enjoying their increase in egg production. Its not really “warm”, but defiantly not “cold”. Its hubbys kind of weather and we’ve been getting out in the yard getting things done. Happy for more “spring like” weather!

 

 

First Day of Spring… or was it?

On the official first day of spring it looked like this at my house…

1st day spring

And the snow just kept coming down, until poor Chase had a hard time getting around…

Chase

But finally it looks like this week spring is defeating winter as there are buds on the tree and a flower or two blooming.

sun

Its still cold, but warming up. I can’t wait for all the spring flowers 🙂

Welcome Spring…

It was a BEAUTIFUL day today. The sun was out, the temperatures were warm, and there was an occasional light breeze blowing through. The dogs and I spent much of our day outdoors on the deck. I was cutting chicken wire to add to our current fence and the dogs were sunning. We have a couple of our chickens that have learned to jump the current fence and now that spring is here I don’t want them in our front flower beds scratching out all of my mulch.
Yellow n Purple flowers
So hubby and I are adding extra chicken wire to the top of the fence bent in to keep them from jumping the current fence. Hopefully the new wire will not allow them to jump up on the current fence posts and then over the fence, as they have been doing this winter. Once hubby got home we put up the new fence. The dogs helped us out supervising our work. Then we ran some errands enjoying a ride on all the back roads to our destination. Chase loved riding with his head out the window. Once back home we hung out on the deck together as a family. Hopefully we can have many more beautiful days like this… welcome Spring 🙂