Every two hours I make like a Pig Mama and wake up my charges (The rescue piglets) and escort them to the Darlek for a quick drink. They never drink for long. They are still very weak – too weak really – but we are pushing on, at least they are and I am pushing on. We have made it through day three without any fatalities which is positive.
As you know the Mother pig wakes her babies up for a feed so this has become my job, I can load up the Pig Saver with enough milk for 10 hours, but with this heat they are succumbing to sleep and not getting up to drink by themselves. So I wake them with the same sounds and the same words every time and now they obediently shuffle towards the milk, though some of them still have real trouble walking and need supporting so they can have a good drink. They should be standing strong by now. And a few are, but the ones that were injured are having a hard time. They sleep all together though and are shiny so this is good. Generally piglets do not sleep close to their mothers after the first few days, they will drink then move somewhere safe for their slumbers so they have the sleeping bit down pat.
I find that being on a two hourly schedule has actually increased my productivity. My phone alarm is set to go off every two hours so I find myself frequently looking at the count-down, thinking to myself, I have 20 minutes left, I bet I can pick all the tomatoes in 20 minutes. Or start a loaf of bread or clean out a pen in the barn. And keeping very busy helps with the tiredness. After the early morning feed I stay up and this has increased my production too. I had better get busy fixing those gates today. They are so wonky. And the cows broke another gate yesterday so I need to take to that with a hammer and get it lined back up.
Broken nights do not affect me that much. I have a gift for sleep! But I am still doing chores at 9pm, the piglets take a good part of the day.
If I can keep this up for the week and they live it will be worth it.
After the fog cleared it came out quite hot and Molly decided to take a bath.
These piglets are easy!
I hope you have a good day. Today I feel more tired than God but I am going to take advantage of the morning and get heaps done.