Once more into the breach. Yesterday and the day before were bad days for Piglet. He went down with another bout of pretty bad scours. I had begun to introduce different foods and a little cows milk. The goats milk is terribly expensive. However that experiment failed and after another mad dash to the local Walmart we are back on goats milk and oat cereal. He is still scouring but after a miserable forty-eight hours he is back drinking his bottle with enthusiasm so I am feeling more optimistic.
Because his time on mother’s milk was so short he will always have a fragile digestive system.
At three this morning ( after I had stayed up ’til midnight feeding him every hour) he suddenly appeared at the end of the bed shouting loudly at the dogs to let him through. Dripping diarrhea as he ran. My floors are taking a beating with constant washing. But I saw this as the best sign so far.
The four are looking really good. I think they will go up for sale soon.
Between feeds – I finally got Molly’s enclosure finished and shifted her across. I was having trouble last evening getting the solar panel for the electric fence to work bu realized yesterday morning that it charges when the sun is shining but no longer holds it’s charge. I will source a new battery and get John to put it in.
Pigs do not roam in the night so it should be ok if the fence is dead during the dark hours. It powered up just fine when the sun came out.
Once Molly was out in her field and the Eight started showing signs of recovering from their nutritionally induced scours ( losing mothers milk) and I got about eight loads of washing done, and every floor scrubbed clean again, I began to feel more in control.
Though I am still writing that list.
I also lost touch with my big water bottle. I certainly got dehydrated and I go down in a heap when I am dehydrated. With the cooler weather I just forgot. I found my water bottle at the bottom of a fence post and by yesterday I was back to a gallon a day. It is amazing how hydration is critical to general mental health as well as physical health.
Already my fingers and heels and lips were chapped and cracking. Water is the thing.
Today I will get the Coop ready for guests coming tonight and more guests on Saturday night. Just when I thought it would slow down.!
I think we have another sunny day today.
Oh no! Cloudy with rain coming. Not so good for my guests or my fence. But good for our cover crops.