We have arrived! The family and animal crew moved into the new house a week before Christmas, about a month and a half ago. Everyone is settled in and doing well. We were unpacked enough for a housewarming party 3 weeks after moving in.
The first thing we did upon moving in was start building a chicken coop so we could bring the flock over. For the first while after moving here, they were still living in the coop at the old house. I travelled back daily to feed and water them. That's a one and a half hour round trip! So glad I don't have to do that any more. It took a couple weeks to finish it enough to make them secure in the single digit temps we were experiencing. Once the snow stopped falling we shingled the roof. In the spring we will paint it.
While we were building the coop we were 6-9 inches deep in snow. It seemed it was snowing daily for more than a month. Now though, it's been so warm all the snow in our little valley is gone. It's like spring came 2 months early! As usual the warm weather is making me very anxious to get planting. Within the next couple weeks I'll start my peppers and tomatoes. Then next month, if it doesn't get too cold again, we can dig up some space for onions and peas next to the garlic.
The goats and sheep are doing just fine in their new barn, though I can see them staring wistfully at the greening pasture. Don't worry, guys, new fences will be errected soon enough. The ones up now wouldn't hold anything in so they have to be patient.
Rosemary, our boer mix, is just beginning to bag up, and Polly, my angora doe, is definitely showing signs of motherhood. Nellie and Sadie, my dairy goats, are both seeming less than expectant. I'm not sure what to do about that. This would be the second year in a row that neither of them had taken. Sadie is still an unfreshened milker, and she is the last kid Nellie had 3 years ago. I would hate to go another year without fresh milk! I may have to call the vet in for an ultrasound.