THIS morning early I awoke to loud cackling and commotion in the chook house so Boo and I went out to investigate. Boo shot through the door, dug his feet in and roared ahead of me, he rounded the corner at full gallop and swooped in at the chook house door catching and killing a big white possum with a loud crack. It may sound a little sad to the townies until I tell you what I discovered yesterday.
The little ducks are impossible to count as they are rarely still and so fearful. But yesterday I confirmed that there were only seventeen. There should be twenty. So I climbed into their newly opened big run area that is fully fenced and found the bodies of two partially eaten little ducks. I know a little bit about our local predators now and decided that they had not been killed by a mink.
Then I remembered the ‘possum that we had seen on and off these last few weeks, and Boo climbing through the junk in the garage trying to track something in there the other day but I called him out.
Also, never having had trouble in the turkey house before, I had left the door to the run open the last few nights.
So I am not going to feel bad about Boo getting this animal. This possum is almost definitely the cause if the fatalities. He/she was a big animal too. I will bury it and hope she is not part of a whole family of predators. And the run door will be shut at night from now on – the turkey house is big enough for the night.
It is interesting that Ton hangs way back when there is hunting to do. Boo is the hunter.
Good boy BooBoo.
Poppy has been weaned from her piglets.
I remade the electric fence across poppy’s field. She has to be weaned to an electric fence or she will escape. She is deadly afraid of the electric wire and it was a bit of a chore to get her IN there. I made a kind of tunnel out of old barn doors so once she was past a certain point she could not see the wire. Once it was out of her sight she merrily ran into the area and straight to her dinner. I had made her a big mud hole and she will lay in that for a few days cooling her udder.
The sows are fine with weaning unless they can see or hear their babies. Poppy will pace for a few days but it is nothing like weaning a calf or lamb. no noise at all. The pigs accept the change very quickly.
The piglets never make a fuss when I take their mothers away either. These ones are huge and eating very well. In fact now that I don’t have a three hundred pound Mama breathing down my neck I will be able to take better photos of them.
They are a friendly bunch.
Today is delivery day for the Chicago list. This week I sold 2 pounds of horseradish leaves and 10 pounds of asparagus. The asparagus is picked daily and I will pick the leaves of the horseradish after chores. Then I start to collect for Jakes list to be delivered on Thursday. That is the one I sell rhubarb on too.
So now to work.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Cooler with possible showers.
Tuesday 05/15 60% / 0.11 in
Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 75F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Tuesday Night 05/15 10% / 0 in
Some clouds. Low 51F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
5:35 AM 8:03 PM
Waning Crescent, 0% visible 6:02 AM 8:22 PM