Chickens are enjoying the fresh growth as well - and, with the insects coming alive with the warm weather, are in constant motion and laying more eggs. Egg production dipped over the winter to 46%, which was a lot higher than I anticipated. Peak summer production last year was 92.5% (also very high) and already seeing the increase in eggs to 60%.
It has been so tempting to begin planting with the warm weather and regular rain, but lessons learned caution on the side of later rather than sooner. Seedlings were well under way and had been transferred to the greenhouse - some were 12 weeks along and substantial plants. As has happened too many times out here, the wave of storms that rolled through converted my greenhouse into pieces and spread the plants across the farm - expecting heirloom tomatoes to show up in one of the pastures and eggplant in the yard. So, while I was hoping to get a jump on the growing season, looks like I will just have to play by the rules out here and direct sow in another 10 days.
Enjoy the video below of the Mini Nubian does, their kids, the future Nubian herd sire and his sidekick enjoying their first day in the new field. And the noisy one is the side kick reminding me his bottle was due in 30 minutes.