Pigs are reported to enjoy each other’s company but these two,Molly and Sheila, are not getting on at all even preferring to sleep in separate quarters.
Sheila the elder is the one being mean – yesterday she held Molly trapped in one side of the field for over half an hour, casually chomping on hay and then darting aggressively at Molly every time Molly tried to pass. Molly is quite terrified of Sheila too afraid even to drink the water on that side.
So after distracting Sheila so Molly could slip through and out the door and back to her side, I shut the new door. They can have a field each – Molly has chosen to sleep in the root cellar so there is no problem with them choosing to live apart.
Molly is pregnant, and being fearful every time Sheila comes over to her side would be detrimental. John will just have to manage two waters.
There is no way they are going to be friends and no point in forcing the issue. When I get back I will move the Six into the fields, clean out the farrowing pen and Molly will go in. At the moment Molly has a nice big field so will get lots of exercise.
Poppy on the other hand has settled in with Manu very nicely over on the West Side. In a little over two and a half weeks I hope they will start making babies.
There has been more snow of course.
In fact it is snowing right now. And snow is forecast tomorrow and into Wednesday morning. I can only hope now that it will not interfere with my travel plans. I hate to miss even a day.
All is in the hands of the weather gods now.