Though his multi coloured tail is almost gone, The Duke of Kupa is still a gorgeous bird.
The tail feathers I am finding now are shorter and fluffier.
The piglets are still exploring their new boundaries and threes times yesterday Ton was sent out to “See the Piggies” . This is his command to find someone. “See John”or “See Daisy.”
” Ton, See Piggies!.” He will shoot to their run at top speed then race around the corner – head up looking. The moment he sees them he runs back to me then runs back to them. And goes down and watches them. They don’t need herding. I just call to them” Piggie, Piggie!” And they drop what they are doing (usually climbing all over Queenie or playing in the mud around the cows water) and they fly at top speed back to their own pen, Ton right behind the last one, under fences, through gates (Ton goes over the gates once they are all through) and zoom like torpedoes to their bowls where I have left treats. Their favourites are oats, eggs, silverbeet, or tomatoes. I always make sure there are treats there so they get their reward. Either I slam the door shut (which I hate to do as their toilet is out in their little field but they have to be locked in at night) or I just prepare myself for another retrieval. Today I put their new electric fence up.
When TonTon is working like this Boo is commanded to “Get Behind” which means he stays at my heel. He is too young to be managing animals yet. He is only allowed to watch. Which drives him crazy!
When Ton is not finding giggling piglets. He is guarding the Black Mariah. Just in case a chicken falls out. Can you see him under there? One chick fell out once (another little dog nose had nudged the box gate inwards a little) and he followed it all over the lawn, trying to herd it, until I noticed it. He is still not convinced that they should be in there. When the chicks go out onto the grass we will back the trailer up to the compost heap and just hose all the dirty straw straight out.
I need to tell you that I have decided that Charlotte will have to go. The fights through the gate are escalating and quite horrendous. Having two huge pigs literally at each others throats is untenable. Charlotte chases everyone out of her field including the dogs and now Sheila is becoming stroppy and bad tempered as well. It is very hard to keep chickens and dogs and cats out of the fields. This is a difficult but necessary decision for the good of the farm and I probably will not discuss it again. This is a little farm here. Not a zoo. My resources and space for the food farm are limited. It is an ecosystem and must be harmonious. She has had homeopathic remedies and conventional remedies. But there is nothing physically wrong with her. She is very healthy but out of control. Going on 600 pounds of out of control. Even if I wanted to I cannot breed her again as the Swine Herd will not have a fighting sow on his property. So I must be very tough with myself.
Rough isn’t it. But now it is time to hand the baton over to Sheila. My original plan was to have one pig. But I got talked into two little piglets by the swine herd. I should have stood my ground as managing two difficult pigs on this little tiny property is proving impossible. I accept responsibility. But I would be hugely grateful if we could just leave it at that. Let’s talk about the successes today.
My new header is an alfalfa flower in the hay field. This crop will be smaller but it will be the best one if we get it out in time. The field is quite beautiful.
Very promising. I shall call the hay man today and tell him we are almost ready. The field is not too tall but a little flower is an indication that the plant has gathered enough protein. We do not want too much flower then all the protein will be used up in flowering.
Good morning. Our John is going to have a look in another farm machinery auction place tonight for a hay elevator thingy. Like this one but closer to home. They are harder to find than we thought. With his job taking him off the farm so much lately leaving me to work alone, which is wearing me down a bit, so we hope to find one so I don’t have to lift quite so much hay into the barn by myself.
Let’s have a lovely day today. I know some days are better than others but we can always find some loveliness.
your friend, celi