Over Easter weekend we had beautiful spring weather and throughout the week, that has followed, it seems that the weather has just gotten nicer each day.
On Easter Sunday, when we went out to the farm, I wore jeans and a jacket over my long-sleeved shirt, each day I have found it necessary to wear lighter clothing until yesterday, and again today, I have broken out my summer wardrobe and am wearing shorts with a tank top and enjoying soaking up that long-awaited sunshine.
Let’s take a look at what’s been happening at the farm this week.
For about the past three weeks my husband has been working on fencing in the entire farm. It’s a huge undertaking as the 7.6-acre farm measures 1000 ft (304.8 m) by 330 ft (100.5 m). When it is all done he will have pounded in more than 260 fence posts and strung more than 2600 feet (792.48 m) of fence.
The small fence posts in the above picture line the east side of our back field. He has the entire back field fenced at this point and is working diligently on completing the front of the property.
In the above picture the fence lines the front of our property on the west side. When this project is complete we will no longer have to worry about Ranger and Ruby and even the chickens wandering onto neighboring property or into the road. It will take a large load off our minds.
There seems to be an abundance of robins this spring. Some of them have even sat still for pictures.
The fence in the above picture which had enclosed the main garden area is also being removed.
The pond level is up from last fall but it has yet to overflow like it does most years in the spring.
Ruby did not hesitate to get her feet wet as she enjoyed a cool drink from the pond.
Things are beginning to green up. I’m sure the thunderstorms we had last week helped.
Tuesday the weather really warmed up so we were able to move the chicks to the farm.
My husband set up their chicken wire enclosure. He designed it so they have access to the coop through the small door with hopes that they will learn to go in the coop at night.
He also put up a divider inside to coop so they do not have access to the big door.
I bet you’re not surprised to see Ranger watching the babies.
Like robins, we have an abundance of red winged blackbirds.
Some of them posed for pictures as well.
I also got a rare picture of a kildeer that was hanging around near the beach before Ruby chased it off.
The garlic that we planted last fall is coming up nicely.
As I looked up to see if the maple trees were getting leaves yet I noticed what appears to be a Baltimore oriole nest. It seems too early to be a nest build this year, so I am assuming it was from last year or maybe even the year before.
I only say “the year before” because I noticed a second one in the same tree. I don’t know how likely it is that two pair of orioles would nest in the same tree.
Some of the chickens had wandered into the field next door. This won’t be a problem once the fence is complete and it really isn’t a problem now because that neighbor doesn’t mind.
But Ruby thought it was a problem
and took it upon herself to bring them all back home.
She really does have amazing herding instincts and skills. If you have ever tried herding chickens you understand how difficult it can be. It took her less than two minutes to round up eight hens and bring them back over to our farm.
The chicks are doing well at the farm, feathering out nicely, learning to forage
and maybe even learning to get back into the coop.
It was a great day to be in the pond, at least the dogs thought so.
Ruby discovered the (bullfrog) tadpoles and has now become obsessed with watching for them and trying to catch them. I suspect she will spend a lot of time there this summer.
Ranger just wanted to go for a swim to cool off.
When deciding to put up the fence my husband and I discussed the likelihood that the wildlife presence on our farm would be altered. Not necessarily a bad thing. While deer, fox, racoons and other animals can get over the fence it’s hard to say whether they will or not. I suppose it depends on what there is to motivate them to do so.
However, I never considered that the fence might be a problem for a pheasant. Pheasants can fly and could easily sail right over the fence.
This male ringed-neck pheasant was very confused and spent several hours trying to find an opening in the fence.
Eventually Ruby spotted him. I’m not sure if he flew or ran when she chased him but I think she did him a favor as he did clear out of the area. Hopefully he found a different route home.
I’ll leave you with a slide show of flowers that are blossoming at the farm. Among them are daffodils, forsythia (beginning to open), and primrose.
Thanks for visiting.