Molly broke through a fence yesterday. Pigs always find the weak spot in fences. You can build the most beautiful bull-strong fence but it is only as strong as its weakest point. And Molly found that space and pulled off a panel that was attached to the rotton timber of the Rat House and got through into the field with the smaller pigs. Where she proceeded to trap them in corners and attack them.
It was quite the job seperating oout six terrified small pigs from one very bad tempered Mama pig. I am a pretty good shot wiith a stick (or wth a bucket as Boo knows well) and with six smaller pigs cowering behind me was able to herd her off by throwing missiles at her head, the flying stick turned her enough while Alissa enlarged the hole she had made so we could get her back out.
Once out into another field she was a nice sow again and happily trotted after me right over to the barn where she was locked right down in the center pen. I gave her a bed and her water and she lay down for a belly rub cute a could be. Jeckyll and Hyde pig.
Then we fixed the fence again – badly, as that whole side of the barn needs replacing – something that will never happen as it is quite beyond my skills and purse – and I iodined the tooth scratches on the sides of Molly’s older children. Nothing was deep but she sure had a go. They all accepted my ministrations with whines and complaints then went to their mud bath and lay in it to settle.
I had hoped to leave pregnant Molly out in the field for a few more weeks but it looks like she is going IN. So the smallest of the pigs need to come OUT. Wea re almost ready. We will finish the electric fence in the late-summer pig field today, I transported the pig houses in there yesterday, so today we can shiift the six small pigs into their outside field, and put Molly into the side of the barn that houses the farrowing pen with all its gates and doors open into the secure area.
Wai is still doing really well. Healing. Though the large areas of granulated skin veer from too wet and slimy to too dry. I collected the phase three hide ointment yesterday – it also has a zinc base which I like – and we will continue. And we always finish all areas with SWAT. (This link takes you to my Amazon Things page where I have loaded the SWAT cream link for you, it is at the top for today). The creams collect debris from the straw that Wai loves to burrow right under. This creates a creamy hay pocked crust that the flies like to get under as it is hot and moist in there. I could put out a mattress and blankets for him but he is so happy when he gets right under his straw. He literally puts his head down and crouches and burrows right under diveting himself of his rags as he goes in until he has completely disappeared. It would be cruel to take this small joy away from him. We have managed so far. So I continue to clean, spray, dry and cream with zinc and cream with Swat twice a day. It is working – very slowly the wounds are shrinking. We are getting there.
It probably would be faster if we hoisted him up the steps and locked him inside out of the dust and the flies but once again he loves his fields and loves his hay bed. I think the misery of being locked up inside would send him backwards. And the steps onto the porches are impossible for this little pig to navigate. We would have a toilet problem. He will only poo and pee on the grass. He will not even poo in the barn, he waits all day out of the sun and goes to the toilet when I let him out in the evening. We could make a ramp and retrain him? But not now. For now he needs happiness to recover. Misery is not a good healer. He is happy in his barn with his hay bed and his field.
This wee chap is an outside pig. Which will make his winter management difficult. I am still thinking about that.
I hope you have a good day.
Thursday 08/31 40% / 0.01 in
Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High 73F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday Night 08/31 10% / 0 in
Some clouds. Low around 50F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.