Yesterday cleared into a beautiful calm sunny day. And we got everything done from that days list. The asparagus is all mulched, the duck house has two new windows covered in strong screen, I collected all the feeds and we stowed them in the shed out of the coming rain.
My weekend guests loved the chicks.
The ducks went into the Quack Den at bedtime without any argument. I set up the ramp in exactly the same formation and they seemed to recognize it and wandered straight up. They balked when they saw the unfamiliar interior but by then I had shut the door.
We will see how they react. Two days running they were laying twelve eggs too. Hopefully they adjust fast and keep up the good work. I am way pleased with their new accommodations and even though Boo and I had our usual hunting walk I slept long and hard not having to listen for the mink.
Molly knocked her water container over twice yesterday. I wondered whether she was hot or being naughty but then I saw her babies out playing in the puddles I wondered if she was somehow giving them water too.
I got John to stand watch while I went in and swapped out the water barrels for one she cannot tip over but still did not hang about to clean up.
Molly was totally calm and just ignored me. But I was like a hunting cat. Totally alert and talking calmly the whole time so she knew where I was. But as far up on my springing toes as I could get.
Later I enlarged the creep and added the baby water and first feed. Most of it is just for amusement at this age but by week two the majority of piglets will be munching on a little grain and drinking water.
It is great to see the little ones out being adventurous. Today I will reset their backyard so she can take them down into the dirt. For the record all newborns get a daily clod of iron rich dirt laid in their creep doorway. They eat it up too!
I need Molly to go out the gate so I can lock her out and clean her spaces up. When she is recovering from a farrowing she does not care where she poos. That is fairly normal for Molly. But I care and it has been a few days since I went in so today is the day.
Also today the chicks will be shifted into the bigger brooder. And I will start John on the fencing. Whereas I have fixed things in a hurry with string and wire for years. He will make the fences properly. So you can imagine how long that list is.
Okay! It is overcast and a bit wet but warm. We will have grass growing today!