That's just how it feels - as if everything is slowly waking up around here. The chickens, who haven't dared venture farther than just outside of their coop in months, are all over the place now. Stretching their legs, picking in the garden, wandering up the drive, and .... thank heavens, laying eggs! All of the ducks are laying now too, and we're getting a solid 14 or so eggs a day. That's perfect for us - plenty for eating. Though new chicks arrive soon - just a few to keep the flock young and get Adelaide those feather footed breeds she's been pining for.
In the sheep and goat pasture, all is well with the newest little lamb, Scarlett. She's a tiny little thing, and her Mama Emily is the best mother. This is the first singleton for Emily - she's birthed three sets of twins. And given that we don't know for certain about the status of Charlotte (is she pregnant or isn't she?), Scarlett might be our only little lamb born this spring. They're all in need of haircuts, time to call the shearer!
Two Tamworth pigs arrive in the next couple of weeks. We had good luck with this breed last year and look forward to the work they'll do on cleaning out the woods, and ultimately feeding our family. And a few turkeys are coming this year too - they're such a great addition to our freezer given how far I can stretch one bird into so many meals. Plus, they're so pleasant to have around (I may be alone in saying that, but I really do love those turkeys). And then sixty freedom rangers (broiler chickens) come after that, and.....oh.....things are happening!