A Farm Review From this Week
Last week I shared a post that was a brief farm review of our week. So many of you wrote to tell me that you wanted to see more posts like that! Thank you for the feedback. I gave it some thought and easily agreed that this type of post should be a more regular feature on the blog. I realize too, that not all of your come here from a social media site. Some of you actually enjoy reading blogs! How can I possibly tell you how nice it is to learn that you are reading my posts and enjoying the animals. My goal has always been to share the life we have built here. I hope to either encourage you to take a step in this direction or just sit back and enjoy the view from your comfy home. Either way, keep the comments and conversation coming! I love hearing back from you after a post goes live.
Lets start with a Piggy update.
I had a chance to visit with Mariah and her litter of piglets when they turned two weeks old. Seven piglets survived and are doing very well. The runt of the litter is teeny tiny but keeping up with the others and definitely eating with gusto.
I spent quite a bit of time photographing these sweet babies. Mariah is a natural mother and not very nervous about us visiting her. But, I still like to have my son with me, since he is her caregiver and owner. Pigs can be aggressive when provoked and new mothers are protective.
Watch the piglets
Layla’s litter is a few days older and just as spunky. The piglets are quite feisty with each other and there is only one female in the litter. There are nine surviving piglets in this litter. Layla has decided that she likes to break out of the stall when she’s had enough of the mom biz. The first time she broke through the stall door and got into the feed shed. Layla decided to help herself to some extra feed. She chose duck pellets as her treat that morning. Luckily my husband was there so the runaway pig was returned to her family quickly. The next time, Layla took all the babies with her when she escaped. My son had so much fun (insert sarcasm face) rounding up 10 pigs. Most of the piglets stayed in the barn but those little babies can move so fast!
The chickens are beginning to increase the number of eggs they grace us with each day. One day we almost had a full carton! That hasn’t happened since the fall molt. (molting is when they lose their feathers and then grow new for winter)
The ducks continue to be happy and carefree. I really think that ducks are the happiest animals we have here on the farm. Always chatting with each other and waddling around looking for a new spot to dig into with their bill. I am so glad we have them
The sheep and goats are going to be the only ones who are warm here in the next few days. This area does not get a lot of extreme winter weather and we are going to be near zero at night. But the goats are fiber goats and well covered in fleece and of course the sheep are wooly bears right now.
The bunnies will stay snug as bugs in their bunny house. Well filled with straw and hay they will be just fine. This week they enjoyed two banana days! I don’t recommend giving too much fruit each week but they are just so cute eating their bananas! Usually they get leafy greens as a treat along with rabbit pellets and plenty of hay.
Joey and Millie were keeping their distance from me after I attempted to trim their feet. The hooves grow continuously and need to be trimmed for good health. They wanted no part of this procedure right then.
And lastly, the cows. It has been over 4 and a half years now since we started raising beef cows. I must have a million and a half photographs of our cows. They really are fun to photograph and its fun to look back and see how far we have come with them.
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For more videos and farm pictures you may enjoy this post A Day on the Farm