SITTING PIG

Once the little pigs are big enough to drink from their mother while she is standing up they start to put on weight quick smart.  No need to talk her into lying down so they can have a feed, they just wait until she is having a feed herself or standing quietly minding her own business then they line up and have a drink. 

As you can see in the header image sometimes they even sit down while drinking which I have always found quite amusing.

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My guest this weekend has come at the perfect time for her to sit IN the creep with the little pigs and socialize. I turned their heat lamp on to entice them into the area – this is where their food is too and they are not too sure of that process yet.

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Some warmth and someone in there to entertain them makes all the difference.

A Duck Training day update: Last night and the night before I easily herded the ducks into their barn pen and yesterday morning they were all still in their pen and after I had opened their gate and they had all waddled out I collected four eggs from in the hay. The gate really is low enough for them to fly over if they get a fright or are so inclined so I was kind of surprised to find them all still in there yesterday morning. The longer they stay in there without an escape the more it will become a habit and the more likely they will settle there for the winter nights.  I will let them out later and later each day so as to get all the eggs in one place. The four eggs they had laid early were scattered about but at least they were dry and un-stood-upon – I washed them and stored them in the fridge, there are plenty of people wanting to buy duck eggs but Jake get his delivery first!.

Tia came into the milking room again for her training and I stood my guest quite close and we kept talking while I waved the moving parts of the stanchion about and patted her all over. She never flinched – not raising her head from the treat corn once. Not bothered by a stranger. I am very impressed with her training – sometimes cows balk at returning to the scene of the vet visit. Not Tia though. (And never Aunty Del – she still comes into the milking room so fast I have to make sure to be out of her way or she will run me down to get to that treat corn). We have a good seven and a half months to go so there is no rush. But I like to get all the training in before she or Del begin to make milk. Once the milk comes in Del cannot come near the milking room at all for fear of her dropping her milk prematurely. And she and Tia are a couple, they never do anything without the other.

I think the rain is over though the sump pump in the basement is still working hard at draining that nasty space.

Today hopefully we can get into the garden. And hopefully it warms up a little – it was chilly yesterday.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Love celi

Sunday 09/09 0% / 0 in
A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 70F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday Night 09/09 10% / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies. Low 53F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Sun
6:27 AM 7:12 PM

Moon

Waning Crescent, 0% visible 6:06 AM 7:33PM

 

14 Comments on “SITTING PIG

  1. Your ducks are very clever..day1 one egg..Day2. Two eggs..Day3 three eggs and now four. If the pattern is right there should be five tomorrow and on that logic a good round dozen on 17 sept…soon be time to open the shop!

    It is lovely that Tia and Aunty Del are such good friends..it makes life so much nicer to have a cow for a friend..rather than a friend who is a cow..if you see what l mean…but having said that ..l would love a cow to be my bestest friend.

    Pigglies are so cute.They must be very amusing to watch..sort of like watching puppies playing.

    Lots of love BG

  2. We have nearly the same weather, maybe a tad warmer. Duck eggs sound like gold. Are ducks like chickens in that the eggs are small but then increase in size as the pullets mature?

  3. Cheeky piggies. I can just imagine Mr Flowers and the guineas dismay when the ducks ascend en masse to roost in the rafters in winter😊 Laura

  4. Yes! The piglets will really start to fatten up now, as they can have a feed whenever Molly stops, even for a minute or two! 🙂

  5. So cute sitting at the milk bar. Relaxed —that’s the ticket all right. (I feel so envious of your guests getting to do such fun things I can’t stand it!)

  6. When I first read the title I thought it was going to be one of those ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ things – you know, Sitting Pig, Leaping Cow! Love the view of the piggies gulping on their upended milk bottles, slurping to get the last drop. Molly must be rather glad she can get on with the business of munching while the babies can help themselves on the hoof.

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