This week has pretty much been all about piglets, due in part to our little miracle piglet who continues to defy the odds by not only surviving, but thriving. He needed to be separated for a couple of days, so we kept him in a wire dog crate next to the pig pen. I wanted him to be able to see the rest of the pigs so he wouldn’t get stressed out too much. He did really well and continued to eat, so we put him back with the herd Sunday night.
Since I was gone for 2 weeks, I didn’t realize how bad his hernia had gotten until I got back. Something else I noticed was how much faster his littermates were growing than him. Since a large section of his intestine was outside of his abdominal cavity, his body couldn’t absorb as many nutrients as it would normally, stunting his growth.
I’m confident that this was only a temporary setback and that his growth should catch up fairly quickly. All other signs indicate that his gut is functioning properly, and he continues to have a fantastic appetite.
The piglets are growing by leaps and bounds, and a few of them have to sit in order to nurse comfortably. Normally, we would have weaned them at 4 weeks old, but had put off weaning the piglets until after the surgery. Little Bit was starting to loose weight from the strain of nursing 9 piglets, so we decided to wean them Sunday night.
We had already sectioned off a portion of the pen for Little Bit and the babies, which had kept Ophelia out and Little Bit in rather unsuccessfully. Hubby repaired the fence and put hot wire on one side so the sows would stay on their side…theoretically.
What I didn’t know until Monday morning was that he failed to put hot wire across this one gate. Guess where the sows went through.
Hubby was able to fix his mistake when he got home Monday night, and we separated them again. While getting into the other side of the pen to feed has been a challenge, the hot wire has been doing its job and keeping the sows away from the piglets.
With the sows out, I was able to set up the feeder for the piglets so we can start free-feeding them. Basically, they have grain in front of their snouts 24/7. Free-feeding helps them grow bigger faster, which is necessary if we want them to be big enough to show by fair time.
These guys will hopefully start going to new homes this weekend, so I’ll have to start sharing photos about something other than piglets…at least until Ophelia’s litter gets here in January. So, here’s one last dose of piglet cuteness.
Believe it or not, I do more than stare at piglets every day. For instance, I scout craigslist, looking for a replacement train table for Farmboy.
His current train table has been in our home since he was 2. If you’ve ever had a 2 year old boy, then you know that keeping a table made of particle board even semi-functional for 3 years is nothing short of a miracle, and we bought it used in the first place.
Still, it’s time for a new-to-us, sturdier table, so I’ve been scouting craigslist.
I had found a great deal on the perfect table, but the people decided to sell it to someone else while I was dealing with the piglet’s surgery (still a little annoyed about that). Good news is that Christmas is the time when everyone gets rid of their old train tables on craigslist, so we found another almost-as-good deal the next day.
This couple had received donated items from friends and family that they could sell so they could get enough money to adopt their first child. It felt good to help them.
Then, when they opened the garage door so we could get the table, Farmboy saw all of the other stuff they were selling and noticed an almost brand new Easy Bake Oven.
Now, let me tell you, he has been begging me for an Easy Bake Oven. I do not have room for one more kitchen gadget, so it’s gone in the category of “we’ll ask Santa, but you’ll never get it.” Really hard to stick to that conviction when your kid sees one at a yard sale and it’s well within your budget. So, we came home with an Easy Bake Oven.
But it doesn’t just stop at Farmboy wanting to make cookies. Oh no, that’s not how his little brain works. He wanted to have a bake sale with his little thumbnail sized cookies.
He found a section of plastic shelving, loaded it on top of the stroller and set up his bake sale at the end of the driveway. And he sat down there all day.
That is the longest he’s been out of my hair ever, I should have given him an Easy Bake Oven sooner.
Of course, logistically, this is a terrible place for a bake sale. We live on a dead end street in the middle of no where. Surprisingly, my neighbors actually visited his little stand and bought some cookies from him. The little business man made $1.20. I’m impressed.
(The purple Halloween bucket is his candy stash so he’d have a snack)
I needed a mental health day on Tuesday, so I took the kids to Disney World. Growing up in Ohio, I didn’t visit Disney for the first time until I was in my 20s. The novelty of living an hour and a half away still hasn’t worn off.
We only went for half of the day. I want to go back again next week when I have more time. This is the last year for the Oswald Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios, and I want to see it one last time. Farmboy has seen them before, but he doesn’t remember them. Obviously, it will be Cowgirl’s first time seeing them. Hubby proposed to me under those lights many moons ago.
Back on the farm, this is Annie’s new favorite spot. The goats had been roaming the property for the last few months before Thanksgiving, but then a neighbor spotted a coyote on our property. Between that concern and going out of town, we decided to lock them back up.
Annie’s been pouting ever since, so I’ve started letting the goats out after I feed in the morning. As soon as I open the pen, she walks in and plops down in the middle of their hay feeder. I love seeing her so bonded with the goats.