Molly’s piglets decided to make their own. They found a space between the big old sliding door and the wall that had not quite closed when it was shut up on the day of their birth. So when I went out yesterday afternoon three wee piglets were outside and asleep behind Molly’s big water bath.
So – going with the flow, I I blocked their escape further, added a small dog house and some straw and watched them stream in and out of the gap to play out in their own little creep.
It will be dismantled today though as I have decided to open the big door to the outside run a day early. Molly is panting hard, presumably with the heat and we need to get some more direct air in there. I hope her panting is from the heat – everything else seems fine with her – this rapid breathing is worrying me. It is hot but not as hot as it can get during August, she should not be in this amount of stress. She is eating and drinking heaps though and happy for me to move in and out of the big pen keeping it clean so once she settles I think she will do fine. She will be happy to get access to her outside toilet anyway.
The chicks get their outside door opened today too. They are growing fast. The weather is still, hot and humid. It is unusual to go this long without a breeze out here on the prairies. We are all feeling exhausted from it. The still overcast heat is oppressive.
Another positive side of opening the big door is that the piglets will get more light for having their photos taken! (You can tell I am tired already – my sentences are so weird!). They will all be closed back in at night.
I hope you have a lovely day.