My camera that is – at last. Elle saw it – waiting for me on top of the fuse box attached to the power pole in the yard. I was standing not even three feet away.
The good news is that we found it before the rain started. And now this morning the wind is blowing hard. It is overcast and not warm.
We opened up Stage Two of the barn for Molly and her babies. She and the piglets will have both sides until this afternoon then I will shut them out of the farrowing side, clean that side and settle Poppy in there.
Last night when I checked them they were all sleeping in the straw on the new side, after a big feed. They will have a different outside area and a new creep area with a new warm light to lure them in there. I am alays nervous of piglets in straw but they are old enough now to stay out of trouble – I hope.
There is a video version of this on my instagram account. One of these little guys is still way too small but I am watching him. Usually I shift babies into their Stage Two area then wean them from their Mum after a bit but I am leaving Molly with them for a few more weeks to get more weight on the little ones.
Poppy is waiting. All the big sows (including Sheila) have this hair loss. Last summer they all lost all their hair. They are all on a perfectly balanced vegetarian pig feed called Sow and Pig, which delivers the ideal amount of zinc and iron. So I simply cannot account for it. Most of the pig people suggest oil so I will get some flax seed oil and add that – we will see.
Other than tufty hair Poppy seems happy, wide and settled. I look forward to getting her in the farrowing pen.
This is the first time Ellie has ever touched a cow. Who better to begin with than our Lady Astor.
Well it is an overcast blustery stormy looking day. Just the day for cleaning out the farrowing pen and getting it ready for the next farrowing.
We will get just a few more plants in the ground and some seeds too if the ground in not already too wet, we have four days of showers and heavy rain, severe weather and storms ahead of us at this point. At least it is running through the weekend so the workers (including John) can all stay out of the weather. I will get out my Aussie Oilskin which my Dad gave to me as a present years ago and has been keeping me dry ever since. He even found me a matching hat. It is second hand and enormous, coming to just above my ankles, so I move across the landscape like a small dark tent but I am dry as a bone under there. It is for horse riding so it has straps that you can attach to your legs. the best coat in the world for wet weather farming.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Thursday 04/27 20% / 0 in
Chance of a morning shower. Overcast. High 58F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
Thursday Night 04/27 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 46F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph