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Whats more to say… Ian got it stuck driving where he shouldn’t. Thank god for good family and good neighbors.
Can you spot the front tires?
Saturday the pigs arrived at the pasture land from our woods down the road. Since then it has rained and rained and rained. Today we had a break in the rain because it turned to snow. It is supposed to rain Tuesday and Wednesday as well. The animals and I are sooo not looking forward to it. I guess its easy to forget how much mud hinders daily life on a farm. I know I was sick of the snow and cold but overall having it cold and dry and frozen is easier on all of us than having wet and cold and mud.
Because of the mud I added more straw to the huts tonight as I wanted to make sure that the girls were able to keep cozy and dry. Prior to getting the port-a-huts we always had huts with floors. These proved to be terribly difficult to move and sanitize hence the port-a-huts. However, when it comes to mud nothing beats a floor. I figure we’ll need to add a bale every other day if the rain keeps up. That way the ground builds up a straw pack keeping everything upabove the mud level. I’ve recently bought straw at 4.95 a bale because we needed it (hay just isn’t as good for bedding when its muddy plus the pigs eat a lot of it, leaving them with less bedding) With the straw they are much less likely to eat it and it holds up better in the wet than does hay. Luckily I found a man selling hay for $2 a bale. I told him I’d take all he has. This weekend we are getting the 50 bales he has figuring the money will be well spent.
We still don’t have a clue when the pigs will definately farrow. Tomorrow is the full moon. The girls are due anytime after the 12th. I know I saw a boar mount each of the tamworths the day that they were put together. I also saw one of the old spots breeding as late as January 18th. This means that the piglets could start coming as early as the 12th by the math and then as late as April 13th. Its always a waiting game this time of year.
Speaking of waiting, the goats are bagging up real well. I still have two weeks until the scheduled kidding date for Riley one of the LaMancha does. She will be a first freshener and is due the 21st. She has an udder that really impreses me. This is my first time with dairy goats but I think she is looking huge. Her ligaments are still really strong so I don’t expect her to kid soon. I just don’t know how much larger an udder can get on a goat. If it keeps going, in two weeks time it will be weigh as much as her!!!
This picture was too cute not to post, but it does remind us that we need our boots today. Everything is either covered in or actually just plain old MUD. Today is the day of mud and flood. Our sump pump stopped while we were working outside and when I came in we had about 8″ of water in the basement. The hot water heater’s pilot is out and we now have no hot water until things dry out. We all love cold showers on cold wet muddy days *sarcasm here*
On a brighter side Ian has made good progress on the transportable water dispenser for the pigs. We think it may be finished this evening to take up to them. Here’s hoping we don’t get stuck in the mud.