I am quite sure Molly is pregnant. Well, kind of quite sure.
But she is a long way from farrowing yet..
This week I will work on her bedroom in the barn and start cleaning up the creep for the babies.
John found an old tire to replace the flat one on the tractor. But the new old one has a slow leak. I guess he is going to buy a new tire in due course. But in the meantime I pump up the tire every morning. The AIR compressor is in the basement of the house as it has to be plugged in so I drive the tractor into the garden right up by the porch so the air hose will reach to the tire.
Do you see that pointy thing? That is my new attachment – I use it to move the big round bales. It has one long pointy thing and two short pointy things on either side and as long as I have enough weight on the back of the tractor it works very well.
I am taking a big bale out to each of the herds of cows this morning. I need to rest a few of the fields.
With the tractor I towed the hay rack back from the West Side and settled it close to the developing duck pond. This is for the ducks to shelter under on sunny days. But the ducks thought the trailer was a monster and spent the whole day on the other side of the Corridor Paddock glaring at it with horror. I had to wait hours to get this shot.
Ducks don’t like change.
Can anyone remember off hand when these ducks came? They should start to lay at about 6 months old I think. I was thinking September. Thank goodness I keep this online farm journal – we can look up these things.
Molly has gone from her wallow. Molly has left the building!!!
I hope you have a lovely day.
THE WEATHER: Quite, quite lovely.
Monday 20% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy. High 81F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night 20% Precip. / 0 in
A clear sky. Low 62F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
April 21.. Love the ducks. as for the pigs in the fields – you need a go pro camera I guess and just film them over a period of time.
Good idea. If I am not there we would get better shots. Or a drone! I need a drone!!!
Hubby agrees – he needs a drone too…. Wife – says “hold on mister”…..
Not thinking anyone would like the drone idea much (speaking of “eyeing something with horror” ):
Me. I would!!
Actually I was thinking of 4-footed “anyone’s”… LOL
Or web-footed ; )
Oh, the temperatures there are ideal! Down here it has been incredibly hot, mid and uppers 90s! And no rain for over a month! We are hoping for a cool off soon, and doing rain dances for some rain!
Oh my- that sounds terrifying. Ps the ducklings came in April so no eggs for a few more months yet.
We kept ducks and geese many years ago, and raised ducks for meat as well. None of ours laid eggs the first year – rather they started to lay in the spring like they would do in the wild – so they have time to hatch and raise their offspring. Daylight hours dictate this, and although we can make our chickens lay year round by putting them on lights – our ducks and geese lived outside with a winter shelter. I’ll be interested to see if yours start laying this fall 😊 I never had any luck with that.
All my chickens start to lay when they about 5 -6 months old ( no matter the month) and the younger ones lay all through the winter too. The older ones take a break for a couple of months. This breed of duck is reported to lay almost every day of the year for a few years. You and I will both be interested to see what they do.
Do pigs suffer morning sickness? Molly looks a bit piqued.
She was asleep actually which is rare to see and covered in dry mud. I hope she is well- anything bad with mum always seems to result in problems with the piglets
Wonder what the ducks would make of a drone. Laura
Complete meltdowns I am sure!
Just this. As usual love the details of your life and work. I find it fascinating all the time. We could use wallows here. It is hot and dry. We often end up behind tractors on the small roads here putting along with those “pointy things” carrying giant single round bales from here to there. I love it when farm life makes us all slow down enough to enjoy the scenery. Voila!
Don’t you wish there were cow and pig home pregnancy tests? Getting them to pee on the stick might take some doing though.😀
I read somewhere there is a blood test and/or a glove with a cuff that goes all the way up to the shoulder 😲. Laura
You can get those gloves in Equine supply catologs- they’re for palpating mares😀
And cows; )
Nice photos Cecilia
Oh, now, a drone! What an amazing panoramic view of the Farmy that would produce! Plus you could use it to keep an eye on naughty escape-artist pigs and locate invisible calves. What do you think, Miss C? Should we start a crowd-funding appeal for an Eye in the Farmy Sky for you?
Yes! I would love one – but of course they are crazy expensive.
Also I have always thought I could send it across to check the cows across the way. If it could carry a bucket that would be even better!!!
Why stop at a bucket? A drone that could feed out hay would be a boon, wouldn’t it? They’re testing a robotic cow herder down here:
One assumes that ‘ pointy thingy’ is a new technical term used by very strange but very lovely lady farmers…but its a very pretting pointy thingy …thats for sure. Cant a rubber patch be put over the leaky tyre..like used on bicycles… More babies..how exciting! I vannot revall the date that the ducks arrived but l think there were 15 little yellow chicks who arrived in a box.. Stay cool Miss C..the temperatures are rising Love from bg
I love Molly the Crocodile, along with Poppy and Manu. they must be such happy pigs!
I wonder if you can get a tube for the tractor tyre – not as good a tubeless, but cheaper than a new tyre.
Not sure how well it works, but there’s actually a repair sealant that you spray inside the tire.
And it’s supposed to be very flammable too, by the way:/
Somewhat like the ducks I’m not sure about a drone but for the reason I like seeing the days and happenings through your eyes 📷
Is that the dreaded wild parsnip drying up, in one of the pics? I’ve been reading that this invasive plant can, when the “milk” inside is touched, be very injurious to people. I see it in droves all along Illinois highways. Have you ever had an incident with the stuff??
Do you mean hemlock? Very nasty stuff. And very invasive.
No worries, just for you C; ) https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/identify-wild-parsnip-1.4756679
Not burdock then. Thank you Deb.
I was just about to ask what that is too?
Giant Hogweed is related to the garden variety Parsnip and incredibly dangerous stuff. As Karla mentioned, the sap is wicked stuff! It is photo-toxic and, if not removed thoroughly, can still react when exposed to sunlight days later. (FarmGal) Val has many posts about their battles with it on Living My Dream Life (Just Another Day) on the Farm. (They use Blue Dawn full-strength for washing up.)
I have many weeds I am battling.
Yes, and speaking of thistles; in June of this year, Val mentioned getting a ‘Grampa’s Weeder’ from Lee Valley Tools [an excellent company which started out 40 years ago as a mail-order catalogue store based in Ottawa, Ontario, and has (deservedly: ) done very well over the years since. Btw, They’ve also had an American location for many years.] Anyway, Val says: “So the idea is simple, you push it in, lean back on the leaver and pull it out by the roots.. the guy at the store said it works really well for thistle”
Hope you never see Giant Hogweed.
Next you’ll need a set of counterbalances for the tractor as well as a new tire the hey? (For safety’s sake; )
Ha ha Molly has left the building! I really like your pointy things too Celi 🙂