Hardly know where to start,
things are moving,
changing,
so quickly.

Black hen
did not want to stay
on the nest with eight eggs.
She kicked out three eggs
after a day or so.
We kept filling the food and water bowls
that she upset.
But the nesting space seemed
too small to stay in for 21 days,
so we opened the door
and she hopped out,
never to return.
There are still eggs
in the incubator
due to hatch next week.
Meanwhile,
a Guinea Fowl has laid an egg
on the floor in the barn.
An Ameraucana hen
laid one of her blue eggs
in the guinea’s nest.
Now it’s broken
but the guinea egg remains.
We’re hoping for more;
the guinea hen hangs out close by
most of the day.


Sadly,
dear Bella died.
She was in the rabbit village,
staying in a burrow
for several days without coming
to eat.
Her two village mates had died
a few weeks ago
and we thought it was because
we fed them too much rich, spring grass.
We stopped feeding grass to Bella,
so we have no idea why she became sick,
or if the other two actually died
from eating grass.
We have kept the two new rabbits
in a different pen
because Bella was initially
aggressive with them.
We’re glad we did.
And now we’re pretty sure
this handsome couple
will produce babies.
(Only once.)

Yesterday,
Ann and her friend and beekeeping mentor, Everett,
checked out the bee hives.
The hives are healthy,
with lots of bees,
lots of honey.
In fact, Ann and Everett opened
four new hives.
And in the process,
they made a surprising discovery:
about 14 queen cells,
in one hive.
A hive only needs one queen,
so, since the others would have been killed,
Ann and Everett removed the queen cells.
Everett, who cares for about 90 hives normally,
currently has several hives without queens.
He took them home
to put the queen cells in those hives.
Ann has been busy planting
150 trees and shrubs
that will make blossoms
for the bees.

Cedar Wax Wings

Other news:
A large flock of Cedar Wax Wings
stayed for a few days
on their way north.
And now Barnswallows have arrived!
We are glad for all insect-eating creatures.
After such a mild winter,
we’re already seeing lots of bugs.
With vivid memories
of last summer’s grasshopper devastation,
we have put out a natural substance
to do in the nymphs
we saw about three weeks ago.

Weary from all the extra physical exercise
that has been necessary
to keep up with the tasks
created by an early spring,
I have been falling into bed early
and had missed seeing the full moon.
Then, last night,
I was awakened around midnight
by birdsong.
Indeed,
in the light of the full moon,
observable now and then
as clouds floated by,
Mockingbird sang
a medley of melodies.