A relatively mild January and early February had many of us dreaming of an early Spring in New England. We had a couple of short spells of frigid weather, but each only lasted a day or two. We were looking at bare ground by mid-February. Some of us, myself included, even began to believe our wish for an early spring might come true! Lifelong New Englanders should know better. Late February brought us the most snow of the season, all in one short week! Every day brought a small amount of snow, culminating in one big storm in early March.
After a respite in the form of week of a bit warmer (but not really warm) temperatures and little precipitation, we then got another big storm this last week that left over a foot of snow behind. At least the clocks going forward, and the brighter evenings, might give us a bit more hope that spring is really coming. As I write this the forecast is for warmer temperatures in the next week. Fingers crossed!
Copper Sue and Max absolutely love the snow. It energizes them and they will spend hours outside playing in it, coming in only for short rests and to warm up a bit. Even the barn cats seem to like the snow! They especially love it when it packs down and they can walk on top of it and get back to wandering further in the yard.
The birds and the humans wait impatiently for spring. To cheer myself up, I start planting seeds in the house, so I can see green before Mother Nature gives in and melts all this late snow. I’m excited about all my plants, though I may have started a bit earlier than I should have, meaning it’s going to be challenging to keep them alive and healthy until they can get outdoors!
We’re also planning for spring additions to the flock. We had a good winter with them, they are tough birds and even got through those frigid spells with no issues. With crazy egg prices at the supermarkets, we’ve developed a pretty good clientele for our eggs (we never raised our price), and the younger birds have been keeping up with demand quite well.
The tentative plan right now is to buy some chicks in May, and hatch some of our own as well, all planned for the same time so they can grow up together. My hubby would also like try raising some chickens for meat this year. There are pros and cons to doing so, but the biggest pro is getting to eat our own farm fresh chicken instead of factory raised! I do have mixed feelings about it, but I like the idea of knowing they will at least live a good life for the time that they get.
Right after that last snowstorm Max went to the vet to get neutered, which cut into play time in the snow. By the time he is fully recovered (so far all is going fine), most of the snow may be gone! I’m sure that won’t matter too much, he and his sister will just be excited to be able to play again. Max turns one year old next month, and he weighed in at a hefty 80 pounds!