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Monday, April 11, 2016

Changes, more piglets and more....

Its always amazing how much can change in a short span of time...So much has happened since I last blogged....

I think I had mentioned we were going to be removing some fencing around where we had the goats...We got that done and also got the old goat shed/rabbitry tore down....Grass is now growing in that area and we are working on planting flowers and adding a few things to make a relaxing little "park area" right in our front yard! Its slow coming along, but were getting there....Farm man, after today will be taking the week off to finish up some projects that need finished before hot weather sets in....

All my chicks for the year are almost hatched...it hasnt been a real good season for me but I wound up with 85 new chicks...I have 24 rhode island red eggs in the 'bator...we'll see how they hatch....I had also had 8 turkey eggs in with my last batch of chicks and all 8 hatched, but one died...so that gives me 7 new turkey poults....I have 28(I think) more eggs in the incubator with the RIR eggs...

Everything is blooming nicely...The grapes are leafing out, the blueberries are doing awesome...The peaches and apples are coming along nicely....we had a freeze with the peach trees in bloom, we are hopeful we still get peaches...I have been planting flowers along with flower seeds...I transplaned some Iris' I had over to the "park area" of our yard...The garden will go in this week while farm man is home...

In addition to all the chicks and turkey poults we welcomed 10 more piglets to the homestead....Our second sow farrowed the 9th....she birthed 11 but one was born dead...Our first litter gave us 3 girls and 7 boys....this litter gave us 8 girls and 2 boys...We are thrilled with having 20 little piglets running around...Farm man had built her a nice little shed to farrow in, complete with straw...but she decided to have her babies behind the little shed...so farm man had to make a makeshift shed for her to keep her and her piglets warm and dry.....
NOTE: ONE PICTURE HAS SOME AFTER BIRTH SHOWING.....PLEASE IF THAT BOTHERS YOU DON'T LOOK!

On the health front...I am somewhat better lately...Farm girl and I went to to the doctor last week to get results of some blood work...We found out we have somehow contracted the coxsackie virus...That would explain the virus we had a couple weeks ago....problem is, it can affect the heart...could explain my shortness of breath lately...We have to go to a cardiologist Thursday to get all checked out and make sure were ok...I also found out I had walking pneumonia(could be my shortness of breath as well)...I had no clue....Doc gave me some powerful antibiotics and I am on the mend and feel 100% better!.....I told my best friend, I feel yucky so often I don't even realize i'm sick til I feel better.....LOL...kinda sad really....but it is what it is...I try not to complain and make the best of life...Always someone worse...I will say its been a hard year and half for my health...I think its time to look into ways to build my immunity and get healthy...I am just really run down and seems I get everything anymore...Not good at my age....

Pictures of our progress coming soon....

Below are piglet pictures....

You can see the first litter of piglets looking at "new pigs on the block"...one of the little ones, just hours old already checking things out...you can see it next to the fence....

Mama and babies in their makeshift shed doing well....They are 3/4 Old Spot...We love this breed...So calm, friendly and docile...We will never raise another breed...they get up around 600 lbs so they also make a great meat hog...

The Homestead Lady

1 comment:

  1. HL,

    Wow.....you have your hand busy girlie with all those beautiful piglets :-)
    I'm glad to hear you and your daughter are on the mend. How on earth did you both get this virus? and then you have pneumonia....OMG!!!
    Sending prayers and hugs your way.
    Your Friend,
    Sandy

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