The Trouble with Chickens and Flying Pigs……..

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.

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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.

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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).

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6 responses to “The Trouble with Chickens and Flying Pigs……..

  1. I’ve got buffs and reds in my tiny flock. Hope they do okay being raised together. Thanks so much for posting, just love hearing of your adventures.

    • It’s interesting. The older ones don’t mix well. But we have 15 or so babies that we introduced mid week last week and they mix in really well. So I think it’s just the age of the others and the interruption of their pecking order.

  2. I’m curious what breed of turkeys you got. We are considering just a few turkeys this year for the first time….

  3. The pigs look good. Maybe you can buy yourself some time by just focusing on one or two pasture pens.

    We have recently changed or layer flock management to avoid mixed ages of birds. 2nd molt birds go to their ultimate purpose or a new home in the fall, first molt birds go to winter housing and new chicks arrive in November or December. By managing them as separate flocks it’s easy to keep ages straight. Previously we were just buying a different breed of chick each year. That scheme was upset when someone gave us a large mix of pullets. Oh well. It’s all for fun anyway.

  4. We should be working the two breed approach by this time next year using Barred Rocks and Reds. Although I will miss my Buffs.

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