At last, the thaw is happening. We had rain through the night and temperatures are warmer so the snow is melting rapidly. The hens are happy as there are now patches of bare ground which they can use for foraging for bug, especially under the hedgerows. The ducks on the other hand have rediscovered the pond. The ice has not yet melted there but meltwater from elsewhere has gathered on top of the pond ice, giving them about 5cm of water in which to paddle. They have been making the most of it after nearly two weeks of having to make do with paddling in the bowls we use to provide them with drinking water.
The problem now will be the wet ground. We will soon be back to mud. Lots of it.