On a sad note, Sam the Speckled Sussex, who was our rooster, died. I'm not sure why, but he was acting very strange this past week or so, not wanting to go into the coop at night and wandering about aimlessly away from the hens which was very unusual. I'll have to add on a cockeral chick to the baby chicks order at the feed store. So it goes.
I hope you are staying warm wherever you are. I have had an all-day roaring fire for two days straight; it has been so cold here, but no snow so I can still wear my cowgirl boots to the barn. Today was better -- up to 38* -- but it was cloudy and the WIND was crazy-wild and made our so-called warm day very chilly.