No thank you, my pigs are vegetarians!

Minty wants to show you her new friend. She is an old friend to us but new to Minty.

Wait, stay right there my new friend is around here somewhere. 

Now where did my friend go? I know I have one. 

Mama  said not to wander too far. But.. is she over there?

Here she is. Look it is Charlotte.  Charlotte!  See Miss C, here is my new friend. Can I keep her? Can I? Can I? Mama said it was OK but I had to ask you first. Charlotte called me a poo bum. What’s a poo bum?

They have talked me into keeping Charlotte a bit longer.   I have not been very successful in finding her a new home anyway. I don’t know many people here.

Sheila and Charlotte are generous with their affections.

No-one minds their snuffles and investigations anymore.

Sheila the naughtiest piggie in the world keeps trying to climb into my lap. I am ok if I am sat on the ground,  she will just try to roll me over to see what bugs I am hiding under there, but if I sit on my stool, she wants to sit in it too. A pig in ones lap is most uncomfortable. They are not called pigs trotters for nothing. There is no way Camera can capture the funny sight of me sitting in a paddock and Sheila with her two front feet in my lap trying mighty hard to get her short little back leg up.  And me trying mighty hard to shove her back off . I have little black bruises on my thighs from that sharp little Shush. Plus her feet are NOT clean. Poo bum indeed.

Good morning.  Today we will be doing more weeding. Though I would be grateful if Ton Ton would stop retrieving the weeds as I throw them  out into the field.  I walk along pulling and throwing, and at the end of the row I look back to find all the grasses returned neatly to the garden.

I went to buy more pig food yesterday, along with Daisy’s oats and barley and they were out of my regular stuff. When I looked at the ingredient list of a new bag they offered me at the feed store, I saw that it had animal products in it. How disgusting. No thank you, I said. My pigs are vegetarians.  I am not going to feed pigs to my pigs.  The girl agreed because I am the customer and the customer is always right and is ordering more of my good clean pig food.

Have a lovely day. I am yawning as I write this morning.  Up too late last night.  My 5 – 9 job  kept me up until TEN.! Horrors!

celi

PS. Yesterday I missed the introduction page from a year ago.

A hot day on the prairie

And today a year ago my brain went on the blink. I am not sure why I was surprised.  There is a conversation in here I might lift out and store in the Farmy Book folder.  We might work it into something.

The day my brain went on the blink

c

61 thoughts

  1. HA! Does it mean we’re getting (gasp!) old, that we suffer if we’re not in bed by 9? I prefer to think we’re just Really Busy.
    Sheila’s cute now, but 800 pounds of sow trying to climb on you will be much less cute, and much more painful…Maybe now’s the time to teach her to fetch?

    • GASP! and funny you should mention teaching her to fetch, if Sheila sees a stick she will pick it up and run with it, I call her and she will run to me with it and drop it, but she only drops it because she forgets she has it and will not chase it when i throw it .. yet! I need to attach a sound to it i think! c

  2. When I worked on a sheep farm, the bottle-fed lambs behaved more like dogs than sheep. They’d clamber over one another to get to us, and they tried to climb fences. It’s so funny how habituation completely changes who they are. If I were able, I would take Charlotte.

  3. Aww how can you not keep the dear thing? She makes sure everyone gets love! And I could picture the other trying to climb in your lap lol. Pigs are one of my favorite animals, and would love to get to spend more time learning what they’re like, etc. So I love reading your blog also bc of them!

  4. The Merck Veterinary Manual says, “Diets based on corn and animal-protein byproducts (eg, meat meal, meat and bone meal) are inferior to corn-soybean meal diets” but can be supplemented. I’m with you, I’d rather they didn’t eat meat products. They don’t in the wild do they?

    • They are omnivores. They will eat small animals and even dead pigs when they run in the wild, but mainly live on forage, barks, seeds, berries, insects, nuts. I just find it uncomfortable to feed them animal proteins especially when I cannot identify where it is coming from and the health of whatever animal they are turning into pig food. My pigs do not chase rabbits or eat the chickens who live in there with them.

  5. Wonderful piggy story – one for the farmy book I think, or the children’s in fact! Interesting to read your summer’s day post from a year ago, things were considerably less hectic back then! You’ve evolved very quickly within this farming life! With all that goes on in your day (not to mention being on the cusp of heatstroke!), I’m surprised you don’t have more ‘Blinky Brain’ days! Definitely a story for the book!
    Christine

  6. Timely. I just found a direct source for good honest feed close to home of all places. Getting all my info and plans in place before I take the animal raising plunge. Getting closer..
    Have a happy day.

  7. uh oh..pretty soon we will hear you saying….how could i ever have lived without 2 pigs? i, for one, am relieved though i don’t have them trying to sit in my lap! today is the day that my first ever batch of homemade sauerkraut is ready. i am in heaven. this is the best sauerkraut i have ever tasted. i am about to be making lots more! that is too funny about ton ton retrieving weeds!

  8. Good morning, c, and all the farmy critters! Raining here; 14C. We had warmer days in January. I’m pleased that you’re not turning your animals into cannibals. If ever a lesson was learnt, it was learnt in the UK (and Europe!) with CJD. It’s an awful concept.

  9. Yes … Mad Cow and Foot and Mouth are devastating diseases for the stock farmer. Pleased to hear the Shush Sisters are not disbanding yet :) Always love your beautiful pics of the Farmy animals, you will have plenty of illustrations for all the books. Glad to hear it is a bit cooler your way at last.
    Laura

  10. Thank you for letting us catch up on the early posts: I looked at my “follows” and I’ve been following you since last December, though I’m sure I visited for quite a while before that.

    Hot water: We lived for two years without hot water in Seychelles, and a cold shower on a tropic-sun-warmed body is sheer torture.

    I’m glad you won’t feet the pigs on animal products: isn’t that what started CJD in the first place? I thought they’d stopped all that malarky after the mad cow scandal.

    • I was surprised too, though I have heard rumours. It is all about fattening cheap and fast. I prefer to grow meat not fatten it at the expense of mine or my animals health.. c

  11. I am sitting here with my late morning coffee, reading this with a smile. C.; I don’t envision you to be very large; my guess is this little Shush sister will out weigh you by summers end ~ not a lap piggy for certain.

    j

  12. Minty sure has grown! And now she has a friend. Awwww! I would love to see a video of Sheila trying to get onto your lap. Max still thinks he’s a 10 lb. puppy and is forever trying to get onto my lap, despite his 80 lbs. That’s nothing compared to Sheila, though, and you’re going to have to break her of this habit. Like a previous commenter, I can’t believe they are still feeding animals to animals. I though we’d learned our lesson and stopped the practice. What will it take?
    Have a great day, Celi!

  13. There is something completely wrong about feeding pig to pigs. And fish to fish. Etc. Wrong. Crazy. Bad. I think she might have thought you had a point about that nevermind customer service! TonTon is such a good dog to retrieve it like that! Maybe you could use a bucket to collect them all up so he doesn’t need to be quite so helpful! :)

  14. Poo bum indeed! And as for TonTon retrieving the weeds, does this mean he doesn´t do like ours and try to dig everything up in the hope that at least one thing will be a weed and then they have done something useful?!

  15. Good for you!!! No meat for our pigs either…( we raised pigs/hogs for 35 years) Never meat…only soybean and corn and lots of weeds and kitchen scraps! Everyone of the pigs were delightful, full of fun and personality.

    Now for a thought….have you ever seen pig meat that is from a pig raised with meat by-products? It is a redder color than a vegetable protein raised pig. Blood, meat and bones…in you meat that you get to eat, because you are eating what the pig ate once.

    A vegetable protein raised pig is the ‘other white meat’. Also the meat is tender not tuff and hard to chew.

    Well done, Ceciliag!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

  16. Ha ha – well I got all excited at the mention of trotters, but I must admit those two pigs are so nice that even I might not want to eat them! I don’t see any harm in pigs eating meat, they are omnivores, but after the BSE crisis in Britain, a few years ago, I’d be very anti buying animals in animal feed. It’s a different matter if the pigs (like chicken) decide to eat small mammals or worms.

  17. I don’t know what I’d do without getting my cute animal quotient in each day from the farmy. Minty, the Shushes and TonTon…so cute, and a lap pig, that’s a new one to me! Gonna check out your old posts now. Have a great rest of your day!

  18. Both posts you linked to are interesting insights to the early farmy, esp the images on “Hot day on the prairie”… I love the feed & gas conversations. I often encounter similar re our house in the country, & you can just see/hear them thinking “Oh, you’re not from round here…” P.S. I’d been secretly hoping we’d be seeing Charlotte for at least a little while longer :)

  19. I think it’s so cool how animals befriend other species. I was at a rural home once and saw a goat and a goose together in a fenced area. There were other goats, but the goose wouldn’t let those goats near “her” goat. I asked the home owners about this unlikely pair and was told she bought the goat and the farmer told her she’d have to take the goose also. Hilarious!

  20. I had a potbelly pig for 11-1/2 years, Rosie (excuse me, Roosevelt T. :Pig) was a house pig and shared a bed with my two little Rat Terriers until he got big and I was afraid he’d roll over and squash them. At any rate one day he figured out how to open the refrigerator whereupon he took out a leftover pork chop and ate it. I never even found a trace of the bone and thereafter had to tie the fridge shut – once a pig learns something there’s no ‘unlearning’. He was a wonderful guy, loved me dearly but didn’t much care for anyone else. I would dearly love another but HH (happy hubby) isn’t too keen on the idea. He had to put up with Rosie because Rosie was here first, love me, love my pig!

  21. I’m positive my brothers and I called each other Poo Bum… quite regularly. I wonder often about the origin of such sayings and how as children we just seemed to have them in our vocabulary. How did your pigs know this as well?? One ponders such things when observing vegetarian pigs. xo Smidge

  22. Oh dear, Celi! I have this horrifying vision of her trying to sit in your lap when she weighs 500 lbs. How much does a full grown pig weigh? It is disgusting to know what some people think pigs prefer to consume, and I am delighted that you are not feeding your lovely girls meat tainted food.
    ~ Lynda

  23. Pigs are just so funny – such personalities.
    But they do eat anything. (We saw a tv show recently where a serial killer was using hogs to cover his crime – gave me the creeps – cause it could happen! UGH!)
    Your piggies are too sweet …don’t let them near those TV shows!

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