signs of spring

Posted by on March 12, 2007 in farm | 5 comments

It was so beautiful this weekend. I spent as much time as possible outside.
I don’t know how many varieties of daffodils we have planted in our yard, but there are a lot. These were opening in full force on Saturday and Sunday. Everything else is brown, but the daffodils are bright and cheery!

I’ve added pictures of the extra first prize treats for the contest, so don’t forget to leave a comment and answer my easy blog quiz questions! I made a little bag with my new fabric stash enhancement purchases to hold the book and cards for the grand prize winner:

And that is the promised knitted rose corsage on there. I may need to add a leaf, I think it needs one. Sadly, I didn’t get a good picture of the book I made, but it’s a little 5"x5" square book with Japanese-style paper covers, brown paper pages, and an open-spine Japanese 4-needle binding. You’ll just have to trust me, I guess.

Last night I had a chicken panic attack. I went to put the chickens to bed (that just means that I go out the the coop, count the chickens to make sure they are all there, and close and lock the door). Meanwhile, Bear was scratching around a pile of old wooden fencing that had blown down a couple years ago. We replaced the fence, but have various piles of the old fence in the corner of the yard. I figured he saw a lizard go in there at some point, since he obsesses over lizards. I counted my chickens, and there were only 17. I counted over and over, and still, only 17. I figured out that one of the Ruby’s was missing, which was odd, since they are always in the coop at night. Bluebeard insisted on sleeping under our shed a few weeks ago for a couple days, but I managed to convince her to go back with the rest of the flock, but the Barred Rocks have always gone into the coop. So I got out my headlamp and a flashlight, and wandered around and around the entire property, the whole acre. She was nowhere to be found. I checked the pile where Bear had been sniffing, but there didn’t seem to be any room for a chicken to have crawled into. The thing with chickens is, once they turn in for the night, they are out. I can reach into the coop at night and pick up any of them, and they’ll just sleep in my arms. They just don’t want to move after dark. I checked under the shed, under the porch, in all the trees, over the fence on all four sides, and…nothing. After nearly an hour of searching I finally had to give up. I imagined every possible scenario, did she go out through the gate when I had it open to take out the trash? Did she fly over the fence and then not find her way back? Did a hawk or an owl get her? I didn’t sleep well all night, and as soon as it started to get light, I was straining my ears to see if I could hear her. I went out as usual this morning to let the chickens out, looking around again for her. Once again, Bear ran right over to the pile of fencing, scratching and sniffing. This time a picked up the topmost layer, and out popped a chicken! And down rolled her egg! Silly girl! She had crawled under the wood to lay an egg, and gotten herself wedged in. She walked away a little drunkenly, but after a little food and water, she was walking around just fine, and I couldn’t tell which one of the four had spent the night in the woodpile. Oh, and Bear got lots of treats and pets for being my hero!


  1. What a good dog you have there! I wouldn’t have thought anything of the woodpile scratching either.

  2. Well, I already commented once, but after seeing that bag I’d better answer some quiz questions so I am eligible! ; )
    Birthday: March 31
    Siblings: 4 of them (lazy eye, dean’s light box, sijbrich, carryjudd)
    Pets: Moo-shoo, Bear (what a good chicken-finder!) , Ruby, Bluebeard
    Car: VW bug
    Fickr contacts: flickr says 123 but I counted and got 118??
    Your chicken pictures are great. We have Buff Orps, Barred Rocks and Goldstars right now. My fav are the rocks.

  3. That is so funny! I count my chickens every night after they are in their hen house, and then pray a little blessing on them for safety! I would be very upset if one were missing, and would do exactly what you did! Wander all over, calling them! Thankfully, your little Ruby was fine. I do see hawks around here, but I don’t think they are big enough to take one of the chickens. They did grab a mourning dove this winter when it was so wickedly cold here, and we saw him tearing it apart just 20 feet from the house. Feathers flying all over the place. So sad. I hate the circle of life!

  4. Whew. I’m glad your story had a happy ending and that all the chickens are safe.

  5. Good Boy, Bear!!!!
    Oh Oh…you are going to awaken my Chicken Craving. I love chickens….want to raise chickens for the eggs. Actually, I crave collecting the eggs…..and watching the chickens bob and bow while working the yard. Oh My….Chicken Fever can be worse than Baby Fever!!!!

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