The Farrowing Pen

When a sow stands up, or prepares to lay down, her piglets scatter to the walls or flatten themselves into corners so she does not lie on them or stand on them accidentally. Even a good sows is huge and lumbers about looking for food and watching out for danger.  They do not watch their …

Pigs. Sleep.

This morning I awoke to strong LOUD thunderstorms, pouring rain and strobe lightening that flashes on and on and a severe weather warning beeping on the phone.  I merely note the severe weather warnings. They send them out for the most ordinary of weathers.  It’s a thunderstorm. Not an extraordinary  event.  If I did not have …

Long Necks

I was feeling lazy yesterday afternoon as I climbed right to the top of the hay pile in the West Barn, the last stack stands in the corner of the central storage area of the barn. It is stacked against an interior wall with cows behind it. The hay stack is still high enough to be able …

There are Pigs …

… and then there are PIGS. The little pigs look so big and chubby until you put them next to Sheila the Big Pig. Then the Little Pigs look like little pigs again.  If you have a moment and want to see Sheila off for a walk – there is a very short instagram video …

Under a cloud

A real cloud not a metaphorical one – thankfully. Tima is such a round barrel that her speed in this shot can only be determined by seeing TonTon (stick in mouth as usual) hurrying along beside her. When Tane hurries his movements smooth right out. When he walks he barely uses three of his legs. …

Where you see from

It is 27f/-2c right now as I write. But it is the morning and the temperature will rise through the day. Funny how 27F does not feel cold today – no fire – the only room with a heater is the tiny cloak room when the chicks are growing.  But I am dressing for the …

Winter Grazing

Generally in the winter out here on the prairie there is no grazing. No grass left, no grass growing, not a thing. But here is Tima out on the lawn – grazing. Eating as much grass as she can find. Can you see the green tips appearing? Everyone else just lay about in the sun. …

More Piggy Moves

Yesterday was another day of pig wrangling. I needed to go to one of the big farm stores to buy that solar panel but the little pigs were still in disarray so I could not leave the property except for one fast local run for feed. Somehow the little pigs had pushed through one of the …

Chaotic pig day

Good morning. I have just come back inside from shifting Sheila by torchlight back to her new field, why you ask,  because yesterday my whole plan fell into piggie chaos. It all started with Sheila coming into heat, which she does on occassion and she was chasing her calves round and round the field, so …

Good morning Farmy

After being away from the farm for ten days I am pleased to report that all the animals are well and shiny and the ones who should be fat are fat and the ones who should be lean are still lean. Our John did a very good job. Above are the little pigs – they …