“PLeeeeeaaaase.” says BooBoo.
“Can I have him?”
This is the little piglet who I am trying to get to eat a little more. He is so small. He sleeps a bit much and is always bottom of the heap, but seems pretty sprightly when he is up and about. He is very friendly and when I sit in there to observe them all for a while he creeps in under my arm.
But he LOVES Boo, and is always trying to get through the bars to see him.
And you know how BooBoo loves his babies.
Poppy is due to farrow on Thursday. I am not happy about Molly being in there when Poppy farrows – they are neither of them calm about the others presence through the wall. We are only days away from the four week mark. All the piglets except the little one are doing very well. They are getting big. Eating their feed and (in the absence of raw cows milk) I introduced goats milk yesterday which most of them slurped at. Molly is feeding them less and pushing them away more often. Getting a bit tetchy with them.
She is giving me the clues.
If I do wean Molly away this week and bring the little one inside for extra TLC Boo will be thrilled to bits but I am trying to avoid it. I really don’t need the extra work. But we will see. He is awfully sweet and very small. And already trying to schmooze me. Everyone but me wants that piglet inside.
See how Boo is avoiding eye contact so as not to scare the baby.
I cannot believe this weather – it is just not warming up and we have had so much rain over the last two days. The weather for today is going to be just as mean. The basement pump is working on the flooding again, and the pigs down the back are having a fine time in the muck down there. No planting today I think.
In fact I am going to get out the covers and cover those tomatoes for the week. This wind is not ideal.
Although we have a Southerly-ish wind today the Easterly wind keeps swinging back in for the whole week with a touch of North – until that lets up the weather will stay inclement. And you know how I hate the Easterly. The farrowing pen is on the East side. Poppy’s babies will be born into the cold. Hopefully she is not as sneaky as Molly – giving birth between night checks. (Oh, How I wish I had a security camera in that side of the barn. But there is no wifi out there. And it would be expensive and difficult – I am sure. I toy with the idea every year but it really is beyond my ken.)
I hope you have a lovely day.
Monday 05/01 50% / 0.03 in
Rain showers along with windy conditions. High near 55F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Monday Night 05/01 40% / 0.03 in
Windy. Rain showers this evening, with overcast skies overnight. Low near 40F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%.