POPPY has her doors open wide now and everything is so much calmer in the farrowing pen. I have the windows open in the house and both of us are losing that claustrophobic feeling.
This is what happens when you lay in the mud then come in to feed the kids.
Poppys Six are getting impossible to get a photo of. When they see me they gallop over all mischievous and chewy.
Being outside is so much nicer.
Though we are sticking close to home until the last of the cold is gone. So they are getting clods of earth and food and water in the kitchen corner of their creep. I make it larger every few days as they grow and their needs change. This is the joy of using bales of straw as their walls. Their hot light was off yesterday. When the heat is off they are much more active. I turned it back on for the night. I have the ability to control their environment so I do.
Below is the picture I usually get as they chew on any part of me they can reach.
Today will be another very pleasant day weather wise, until it devolves into thunderstorms. I better get the washing on the line before the winds come. Yesterday the windows were wide open for the whole day and all night as I took advantage of the fresh warm air.
Then I will get the Turkey House begun: cleared, washed out and set to dry today in preparation for the two batches of chicks. (We have a windy day so with the doors and windows open in there it will dry fast). This year I am going to use the heating mats underneath the tubs to add some warmth to the floor, plus the heat lamps. Making sure to have them under and above only half of the tub, with half of the tub covered as usual so the chicks and ducklings can go to the cool side if they choose. I have decided to raise them in separate tubs so they have plenty of room and the layer chicks stay dry. There will be twenty ducks and I think I ordered twelve chicks as layer replacements. The Turkey House makes a good brooder.
AAnd I really cannot stand the smell of chicks in the house.
I still do a few hours a day in the chook house as exercise, my back gets sore from the same movement over and over so I am slowly training summer muscles in my body.
I have two of the small fields ready for sowing. Two more to go. After this next cold snap (Sunday and Monday) I will start loading the planter in the day and set John free each evening. The chooks will have to stay in for a wee while (having a short run at dusk) or they will eat all my seed! But it is worth it in the end.
The man with the extra hogs has not got back to me, again. I call him he says he has pigs for me – he will deliver them in the next few days, etc, then I do not hear from him again. I offer to go and pick them up he says not a problem he can bring them, he will be here that week. All cheerful. Nothing. This has been going on for over a month. Their pig house has been set up for weeks. So I give up. I am not calling again.
It is nice not to have the work anyway. I can focus on other things.
Well, it is time for me to stop chatting and get on with the day before the winds come. (the winds are good – they warm the soil).
I hope you have a lovely day. I am sure I will.
WEATHER: Overcast but mild with winds rising later in the morning.
Friday 04/13 20% / 0 in
Windy with increasing clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.
Friday Night 04/13 80% / 0.48 in
Thunderstorms. Low 49F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
6:16 am 7:30 pm
Waning Crescent, 8% visible 5:21 am 5:04 pm