Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Signs of Spring

As I go about my day, I have been noticing signs of spring. I'm so excited! I know there will also still be signs of winter, but I'm not going to think about that right now. lol. I notice that the birds are starting to sing again. Before, when you would go outside, all you could hear was the wind. Now, it's like the birds are saying,"Hey guys, it's just around the corner!"

Another sign of spring, my rooster is crowing more. I wander sometimes if he even takes a breath in between his crows. Maybe is realized I'm planning on getting another rooster this year. lol. The girls(hens) are wanted out of the chicken house as soon as I open the door. They want to go out and stretch their wings and hunt for bugs that are coming out of the frozen ground.

I also noticed that the winter coats of the animals are starting to shed. The goats' under coats are starting to work their way up to the top so that it can be shed. It must be itchy, they are rubbing themselves on everything! lol. I'm getting ready for my St. Bernard's coat to start floating in the air. It's worse than pollen. It's everywhere!

Our pond, FINALLY has thawed out. It has been frozen since the first day of December. Yesterday, it had no ice on it. Yea!

Another sign of spring doesn't show up until night time. No, it's not the wonderful sound of peepers coming from the pond. OOOOHHHHH NOOOOOOO! It's the pungent smell of skunks. Spring is their time for breeding. For some reason, skunks must love that nasty smell. So, I think, they go around and spray everything in the world  hoping that their "Prince Smelly" will come and sweep them off their feet. I'm just afraid that I'm going to be out putting up the animals one night and encounter one of those little stinkers. That would not be good.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, on lookout.

11 comments:

Meadowlark said...

Well, after a month of mid-50 dry weather, we awoke to 5" of extremely heavy, wet snow. Woot!!!!! I'm glad winter has finally arrived. :)

Glad you're getting spring though!

Melissa E said...

Its feeling like Spring around here too! If your pup is anything like ours, you could make a whole new pup when they shed...the Shepard sheds tumbleweeds of hair!

Kelle said...

We are always teased with Spring a few times before it makes it's REAL entrance*wink* Typically we have two heavy snows in March, then you can start speaking of Spring.

Glad you are seeing the signs in your area, I'm trying not to show my "green" envy, LOL!!!!

Modern Day Redneck said...

You are not lying about the Skunks. I already hit two of them on the way to work this week. I have tracks all over the place from them running around and I think one sprayed one of the goats last night.

~Tonia said...

I have seen them out like crazy! We found out the hard way that Skunks Mate in February.... We had 7 under our house.. All attracted by ONE female... It was Horrible!
I cant wait to hear those Peepers!

The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

I hear you on the skunks! The poor stinky critters must be dancing in the streets trying to get someone to cozy up to, because each morning on the drive to take my son to school, the number of roadkill skunks has risen! Its almost a 15 mile corridor of smelliness!

Sweetland Farm said...

Ah the skunk! We've had them in our shed before and upon going out to investigate the thumping out there and seeing it, and quickly running and trying not to scare it! Thankfully it's never sprayed in the shed, but the dog...

granny said...

Well,I never imagined that Skunks were a sign of Spring,lol..
WE dont have them here.And what are Peepers ??? :0)

Feral Female said...

It`s feeling more like spring here as well, although nights are darn cold yet. I`ve yet to hear any peepers though. The ponds are still frozen solid in my neck of the woods.=)

Laura said...

I hear that...I wanna start plantin!

R Dean said...

There's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to the stench of a skunk that is somewhere close outside...our dogs got sprayed last summer, hopefully this year we will be "skunk-less"!!!