The dogs have been losing their down for a few weeks now and so have the goats, even though the last week's temperatures were in the minus 30's and even minus 42 one night.
But, today, the geese were scoping out the sites for nesting. One of the geese went into the chicken coop and was trying to get into the nesting box, only she would not fit. I tapped her and she hissed at me, still with her head stuck in the box, but she was not going anywhere. Finally, I moved her and she begrudgingly looked at me before she left through the pop door. There are five barrels set up for the geese for nesting, but the little bantams have taken to hanging out there so some new barrels will have to be set up in different places so the hens have warm safe places to set on their eggs. Last year, there were around 60 goose eggs laid by three ladies. This year there are 4 ladies, so I do expect a few more eggs. As the weather warms, I stop stealing the eggs and allow the geese to raise their broods. The breeds at the Fat Ewe Farm are quite calm and tame, non agressive, the Pomeranian Saddlebacks and American Buffs.
Yes, spring is on its way!