We need some kind of update I think after that break in transmission due the breakdown in communication with Molly the sow which sent me into a bit of a spin. So here goes.
My hand hurts and is still a bit swollen but is getting better fast. I was down for a few days but my energy has returned and once I have finished this course of bloody antibiotics bombarding my system I will feel better. I am hitting probiotics hard but this low grade nausea drags a girl down. Molly is still a bit stand offish but not aggressive. So I think our relationship will repair post-attack.
John has sown oats and barley ( basically whatever I had laying about ) in the Rathouse paddock, the Middle Field and Pats Paddock. Of course the chickens are thrilled to bits!
The Quack House ( thank you to ‘someone’ who suggested that name ) is still in transition. I will line the floor in a tarp – ducks are very messy in a wet way so being able to drag the whole mess out and dump it once a week is very appealing. Plus I have a tarp already and stall mats are expensive. John will put windows in the doors so they get the sunrise sun. They need light to trigger laying.
This ( below) is a rather interesting shot or an awful one I am not sure. You can see the babies sleeping in the red light. For the first time yesterday evening all the piglets were out drinking vigorously at the same time. It seems to me they have been slow to really start up.
As usual yesterday being day three I raised the piglets hot light slightly and gave iron to the sleepy ones. This was a painful job with my left hand being so awkward and trying not to upset Mama Molly further.
Hopefully now being day four? they should start drinking for longer and put on some weight. The wind is not blowing anymore either so their outside door is open again. Light and air are so important to little beings. There are still eight.
Aunty Del and Tia are doing well. Both udders slowly growing – we are on the last of the hay but they have been grazing the West Bank which I closed in the middle of last summer. Today John will begin to electric fence off the growing fields, creating a corridor so they can safely get to the Dairy Mistress field where the second field of standing hay awaits without grazing the other fields along the way.
The pasture is growing at last but most of it will not be ready to graze for at least 6 weeks. This time of year is a tough time for feed. This week if it looks warm I will also top sow some sorghum into some of the grazing fields to try and get some good feed started.
Farm food of any sort is hard to come by at this time of year.
The ducks are laying eleven eggs a day now and the chickens almost three dozen so my weekly paycheck begins. I have also begun to sell the big hogs.
I hope to finish the asparagus mulching today – that job was interrupted by my incident with Molly. I will just work slowly down there – the asparagus might start popping up soon. The asparagus is an important spring revenue.
I will take the big truck this morning and go off to buy more feed. My hand and back are holding me back a bit but I can still drive.
The new chicks are doing very well. In the next few days they will move from the brooder to the bigger enclosure. They are lovely fat wee chickens.
I think that is all?
It is misty outside this morning which is nice for my guests. Misty mornings are my next favorite after sunny ones.
I hope you have a lovely day.