There are signs all around Faith Acre that indicate spring is imminent…except for today’s weather. It is rainy and icky and cool. I’m not complaining. We need all the rain we can get to make it through our dry, hot summer. Cool weather is definitely better than cold or hot. It’s just the kind of weather that makes me want to take a nap. Well, honestly, I can pretty much be in the mood to take a nap no matter what the weather, but you know what I mean.
Nonetheless, I know that spring is here for two reasons. First of all – remember last year when the bird tried to move inside the house? https://wordpress.com/post/faithacrestudio.com/461
Well, he’s back. Maybe not the same bird. It’s hard to tell. They all look alike to me. Building in the same spots as last year – above the kitchen cabinet and the ceiling fan light fixture in the dining room. I cleaned the nests out this morning. They are being rebuilt this afternoon. I’ve closed the door. I’m letting the dogs in and out every five seconds. Maybe every five minutes. A whole, freaking lot anyway. Definitely doing a doggy door this year. Of course, I’m not sure that the bird won’t figure out how to use the doggy door before my dogs do. They’re not the brightest pups in the pack. I know the raccoons, possums and field mice will figure it out. Maybe letting the bird live inside is the best option.
And last night we forgot to lock the chickens up in their coop at dusk. The ladies go into the coop on their own, but we’ve still got to secure the door to keep them safe from predators. We got home around nine and there was one of the chickens running around the front yard braving the dark and stormy night.
When we headed towards the chicken yard, she followed close behind vocally letting us know that we had failed at being competent poultry farmers. As we approached the yard, it became evident that something was amiss. The other 12 hens were running around flapping their wings and generally raising a ruckus. When my daughter pointed the flashlight into the coop we saw a pair of glowing eyes. A very pregnant possum had taken up residence in the dry shelter of the chicken coop. She was reluctant to leave. My oldest daughter tried to shoo her out. She hissed. I suggested that she push her out.
I received the “glare of death”. You know the one I’m talking about. The one that daughters learn about the time they turn 11 or 12. The one that silently says that you are quite possibly the stupidest thing that manages to survive on the planet.
“You want me to poke the possum?”
“Well, yea. She doesn’t seem to be listening to you when you tell her to get out.”
“You want me to poke the hissing possum?”
“You want me to poke the hissing, possibly rabid, sharp-toothed possum?”
“Maybe you could use a stick. Possums are almost blind. She can’t see you to bite you.”
This went on for a while as we stood in the pouring rain. Finally, the possum was removed from the coop. The chickens were placed in the coop. They weren’t excited about it. We put one in and two came out. They didn’t like the smell of the possum. Forty-five minutes later the job was complete.
I wonder how many babies that possum is going to birth?