The Vet Bet

If I were a betting man, the vet said, putting his head to one side then to the other studying Lady Astors belly and crinkly udder – I would say she was not pregnant.  She is wide enough, he said,  but that udder should be moving by now. He had an emergency to get to though …

Untidy Mr Flowers

Mr Flowers tail drags a bit. I know this sounds like an unusual concern but the feathers underneath his tail have been dragging in the mud. I have never seen this happen in any other peacock. He is a very shy bird so there is no way to catch him that would not traumatise him and …

Closed for Busy-ness

The wind blew cold  and strong yesterday. So the big doors were closed, with boards running crosswise to secure them and stop them from flying inward.  The little pigs sleep right inside those doors and I don’t want them caught in a cross draft of cold wind blowing straight on them. The wind was quite the surprise …

I hope the sun comes out

Boo is still on bed-rest and doing it hard. He is allowed short forays with me on a leash, and spends time on the chain by the barn where he can watch. Mostly I have to leave him inside when I go out to work so he does not run loose at all and John …

Sulky pig

Lots of farmy pictures today. Tane was pleased I was home.  One piece of sorry business. Tima was her usual chubby happy self though she had had another miscarriage sometime during the night I arrived home. Only one baby, barely formed, as big as half my thumb.  But I would not have known if I had not seen the …

Sheila is a tall girl

Sheila is 72 inches long ( 6 foot, 182cm) and her girth is 68 inches ( 172cm). She is 34 inches high at the highest point of her back and when I measured her girth I could not reach all the way around her, I had to lean over her back and kind of throw …

Sheila as a horse

I lay on Sheila (my old Hereford pig)  as she walked the field in the sun yesterday. She was  wandering through the pasture, grazing, but she is so tall, up to my hip that it was easy for me to just slide my body over hers and lie there – she just walked slowly along grunting, with me …

Camera House changes hands

Do you want to know how tall Sheila my beautiful big fat pig is? Molly got to have Camera House yesterday afternoon. I am almost 5’8″, and Sheila comes up past my hip.  That tall. Below is Boo – Feigning tiredness  to get more attention. Watched carefully by the dis-approving masses – as you can imagine. Though they …

Pregnant Pigs?

How do you know when your pig is pregnant?  Well, for a start she will not come into heat again. The signs of heat for the big Hereford Pigs are very obvious but for the Kunekune? Well  I cannot tell when Tima is IN heat let alone if she misses one.  But Tima is definitely showing more belly. And …

Cold Feet

It is a measure of Sheila’s trust in me that she would trudge  all the way across the snow drift that has had her cooped up all this time and come out for a walk.  (Though she has balked at it three days running so I guess she trusts me when she feels like it) .  …