Let me preface this post by saying that If anyone had told me 30 years ago, I’d have this little menagerie going, I’d have said “when pigs fly!” Now, on with the post……
Ok, so it’s not that bad. We’ve lost two or three of our older egg layers since moving to the pasture. There doesn’t seem to be any apparent cause. Not sure if it was the stress of moving from the barn coop, or if the two rival “gangs”, the Buffs and the Reds, heretofore kept in separate coops, are rumbling when we aren’t looking. They definitely don’t mingle well. They give new meaning to the term “my peeps”. I’m thinking we’ve upset both pecking orders with the move. It’s only been a little over a week. Maybe they will settle down eventually. We’ve ordered 50 barred rocks to add to the mix. We will see how that goes.
The baby chicks and turkeys have had a rough few days. We’ve lost 12 of the baby turkeys and have no clue why. We noticed that when it was warmer yesterday, it was very warm in the brooder. We could feel the heat rush out when we raised the lid. So we swapped the red heat lamps out for a regular lamp. We freshened up the bedding and they seemed better. But this morning we noticed what appeared to be the dreaded pasty bottom. None of their vents seemed to be clogged. So we cleaned them up, made sure all food and water was fresh and they seem much happier tonight.
The pigs, God love ’em, are outgrowing their pen WAY faster than we thought they would! We have about a fourth of the fence finished for their new home in the woods. Every time we think we will have some time to work on it, something else comes up that takes priority. Yesterday, we noticed that a couple of the pigs were climbing up and putting their front legs on the top rail of the pen. It really looked like he could climb over with a little more effort. Today we put up some cow panels to add height to the pen and then tonight we noticed that the tar paper on the roof of their little house was all torn up. Either the roosters were having a cock fight up there, or……you guessed it……pigs are flying!
Meet Petunia, Hamhock, Porkchop and Bacon. Bacon is the Yorkshire (white one).