Poppy (in heat) broke out of her field and into the kune field the night before last looking for a boar. Poor Tane hid in his little house again and Poppy was escorted back to the rat house paddock (she whined and cried and carried on the whole way) and I put her behind an electric fence. She always hunts down poor old Tane when she is in heat. She terrifies him. Tima hid behind a tree.
Piglets eating the branch of a mulberry tree – they grow like weeds here.
I let the young trees get to a certain height then chop them down (leaving the stumps to grow again for next years pigs) and drag them into the pigs pen. Mulberry leaves have a surprisingly high protein count. Very soon this lot will be able to get out into the field then it will be even more fun.
In the garden I have begun picking pickling cucumbers.
John heeded the advice from the Lounge of Comments and bolted my young walnut together though the ratchet straps will stay for a while to help it along. These things take time for John as he only has one day on the farm a week but it is a good start. The leaves on the tree are still green and perky.
I found Alex lying flat out on her side this morning and thought she was dead! I hate it when they do that!
I cannot say that Wai is doing well. He still gets up for a walk every hour of so when forced to, he never voluntarily leaves his bed – I have to coax him up. But he has to walk to get better. And I am very strict about his routine. Exercise is Number One for a myriad of ailments. He did nothing but lay on his side for weeks which is really bad for a fat animal. Any animal actually. He does eat ( a little pumpkin and prunes) and drinks lots of water, he does pee but is still constipated.
When I put on his vetercyn and bag balm I also massage his belly – I think this may help. At least he does not try to bite me when I do this part.
I will continue with his routine and hope the vet can come soon.
Off I go to cut up prunes and make sandwiches of them with watermelon slices- I hand feed him these morsels, letting him sniff the uppermost watermelon first or he rejects the prunes. He loves the pumpkin though.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Don’t read this next paragraph if you have a weak stomach.
A pigs colon is like a corkscrew so if there is a blockage in there he is probably not going to recover from this. It honestly seems to me that the treatment from the sunburn has caused way more problems than the sunburn. Though I have no proof for this feeling yet. And am still waiting for his notes from the first Vet.
Poor fella. He is still as belligerent and bad tempered as ever though and I take this as a good sign but he must be in pain. Also, some of the hardened rubbery skin on his rear end is lifting from him rubbing it and taking the skin and much of the lower layers of tissue with it. I can see the fat layers. He is exposing holes in his back. They are treated and covered and I am also covering him with fabric while he is sleeping. Flies are everywhere now. So once again we will see what my vet says – hopefully he can come today.
Maybe today Waimarie will take a turn for the better – you never know. He needs some of that luck.
Weather – chilly but in a good way.
Monday 06/26 50% / 0.1 in Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 72F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.