October is in full swing, Columbus Day Weekend is here and we have some beautiful weather. It’s windy and a bit chilly, but the sun is finally out and the leaves are colorful and bright.
We are coming down the homestretch with the piggles; they go to the butcher next Saturday. So far I have to say that they have probably been our favorite pigs of all time. Very funny, cute and playful. By the time some of our other pigs got to this age (approx. 6 mos.) they were getting almost lazy and much less fun to be around. Ah well, it’s that time of year for sure!
If the rain stops long enough for the ewes to dry out a little I need to get their sheep coats on and get the ram in with them tomorrow or Monday. Breeding time is upon us and I don’t want to run the risk of late lambs, so I am anxious to get going on this. The weather this past week has been very rainy, and the ewes are in the pasture… but on the bright side, their fleeces will be extra clean when I get them coated!
We also said goodbye to one of our bucklings this past week. Beltie Boy went to live with Elf and Zelda over at Bridge Farm. Hopefully the two girls are keeping him busy and they are getting down to the business of breeding! It’s definitely that time of year.
We have had a lot of inquiries about how some of the animals are coming along, especially Banjo the bottle goat. He is now over a month old and doing very well. He is down to two bottles/day, but he is eating up a storm at the hay feeder. I kept offering him that late night bottle, but this past week he only played with it when I went out, so I decided just to give him the two. He really is a sweet boy, and just follows us around while we do chores. I have to make sure to remember to get him back inside as we get so used to having him running about!
Then there are those adorable piggies! They are really growing like crazy. Not as friendly as some of the pigs we have had in the past, but they are getting used to us little by little.
And the real eye-popper is always the chickens. They just grow so fast you can almost see it happen. This breed of roaster acts so much more like egg-layers than the CornishX we usually get that I am totally amazed. They are active little foragers which hopefully will keep their legs strong so as they grow they won’t weaken and keel over dead as their body mass increases. Their feathers are popping out, and it’s lovely to see the range of buff and reddish coloration. The guinea keets are growing fast as well (boy are they fast little buggers!).
Well, Banjo-Bela bottle goat has been transitioned to the great outdoors. He is kind of an odd duck out there with the other goats as his mother doesn’t acknowledge him, but he is getting into the swing of things and plays with the other kids. The only thing that I don’t like is that he sleeps alone with no one to cuddle up with :*(
On another note, we have gotten this year’s piggies, and they are as cute as can be. 3 Berkshire crosses. It really is feeling like summer is right around the corner.
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