The weather has more or less stayed the same for about the last two weeks. Up around or above freezing during the day with some days quite nice, warm and sunny but temperatures well below freezing overnight. But it still has been good for us as, except for a muddy driveway which occasionally is impassable, there has not been too much snow to slog through and the cold is not so bitterly deep. And the daylight, the day length, is now much longer.
Everything is going along much as before. Horses still I the same spot wishing the grass would grow. Cows are inside for now, no new calves. Sheep too and many lambs have been dropped. Aerron has been quite busy cleaning out the barn as well as looking after the new lambs. When the lambs are born the mother ewe is sheared on the belly so the lamb can easily nurse. Aerron also separates the ewe and lamb from the rest of the flock for a few days so as the lamb will have a good unimpeded start.
The chickens are doing just fine and the egg lay rate has come up quite nicely though the specialty birds are somewhat lower.
We have started a hotbed hallway between the house and the barn as a place to germinate vegetable seeds. So far just a squared off pile of manure and straw but which will be framed with boards and covered with glass and have straw piled along the sides for insulation. It is about three feet deep, 4 foot across and initially about 6 feet long but will probably end up to be about 20 feet long. It is already heating and it has not been turned or completely wetted through. Lots of work to do there yet. The manure is wheel-barrowed up hill from the barn so that in itself is a lot of work.