March Melt

We have had a warmup lately, and most of our snow is now gone.  We still have some swaths of it in the yard, and the snowbanks are still there, but it’s mostly melted.  It is only March, so we could still get a huge snowstorm, but it feels like Spring.  Temps have been at least in the 30s during the day for the last week, and today it’s currently 63 degrees and sunny. Today was a good day to clean out animal housing. I cleaned out the rabbit cages and the chicken coop.  Here are some pictures of our melty, muddy yard, and of the chickens enjoying the warm weather.

yard 1
Our side yard. It’s hard to tell here but it’s very wet.  It will turn to mud for awhile as the ground thaws and we start getting rain.
yard 2
Some of our remaining snowbanks.
backyard
Our back yard. We are starting to see the garden here on the right.
scratching
The chickens out scratching in the yard.
scratching in the old dirt
Here they are scratching through their old bedding that I put out in the yard. They have to check out any piles to make sure they didn’t miss anything yummy.
dust bath
Here they are taking a dust bath in the old bedding pile. They were taking a dust bath in it when it was inside as well, before I could shovel it outside.
enjoying outside
I had most of their coop stuff outside here, while I was cleaning inside. The big stick is a perch, and the sawhorse is another one that is usually inside the coop.  They are enjoying hanging around outside.
splash 3
The rooster right in front here is Splash, my Splash Maran.
splash
Here is Splash crowing at me for taking pictures.
Dorko
Here is Dorko, my Dorking rooster. (You can tell I’m not the best at coming up with names for them).  He is now larger than the other two roosters. Very handsome.

I don’t know if this warm weather will stick around for good yet, but I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here.

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