In the night, not last night but the night before, one new born piglet died (he was a big one too) and one of the peahens died. It was Mrs Flowers. It was a normal night – not even terribly cold. Strange. But there you are. On a farm with this many animals and birds there will be deaths. But if I cannot pinpoint why, I worry.
And I have no idea why either of these two died. But everyone else is grand.
The little piglets have found their warm spot and when not having a drink they sleep in their little heated creep, much to the cats despair. The cats had been keeping it warm for the piglets for the last few weeks. The cats sit on top of the bales looking down and wondering what went wrong.
They fill out fast these tiny animals but still have more skin than body.
I opened the big door to the outside for Molly yesterday morning and she went outside and peed for what seemed like a week. So everything is in working order. I left to door open for the day to encourage her to feed the babies up by their creep in the light and away from the door. And that worked.
When I checked them late last night they were all good, she was laying by the entrance to their creep according to plan and the babies were asleep just inside the entrance in the warm and out of harms way, so that is the best scenario we can achieve, let’s hope we don’t lose anymore. She is SO BIG compared to these tiny piglets. They are so vulnerable.
I hope we all have a lovely day.
Monday 04/10 80% / 0.17 inWindy with periods of thunderstorms later in the day. A few storms may be severe. High 73F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.