Big goings-on around the farm lately. A couple weekends ago we started working on our pig shelter so we could get started on our pork production. We wanted to get them before Spring while the prices were still low on feeder pigs. But we didn't really want to keep them in the barn with the chickens and goats for various reasons, so we thought they'd better have their own little place to call home.
It went up pretty quick, although we did run into a few problems here and there because we didn't draw up any plans, so it was kind of piece it together as we go. But our speed-square always came to our rescue. Over the course of a couple weeks we were able to get the walls all built and covered but we've yet to start putting on the roofing. Because the truck has died we haven't been able to get the rest of the materials we need- mainly a couple more sheets of plywood that don't exactly fit in the Scion. So we've been put on hold.
But today I think we might try to put the roofing on without the plywood to go beneath it- its probably overkill anyways. We're going to try to move the structure to be within one of our fenced in pastures. Its going to be a pain since we'll have to take the walls off (thank goodness for screws) but I'm feeling more motivated now. 'Why?' do you ask? Well my dear friend, because we've got some little bacon bits that need a home. Thats right, folks, we've got some piggies in the barn.
Yesterday we decided to go for it. After finding out that half of the people selling $40 pigs were sold-out we figured we'd best get our butts in gear before we found ourselves paying more than double that. We made a trip to Fairfield were an old-time farmer had something like fifty feeder pigs for sale. Now, remember I told you that the truck has been broken down? Well, I almost hate to admit it, but we strung a tarp up within the car and layed down some straw- yep, they were going to ride home in the back of the Scion.
Let me introduce you to the gang.
Needless to say, the goats weren't thrilled last night when these boys arrived. So we felt compelled to block off half the barn to keep them separated, but everyone seemed alright this morning. Hopefully by the end of the day we'll be able to move the boys out of the girls house so we can all live in peace again.
So what do you think? I feel a little crazy myself. I honestly never thought I'd own pigs...they're not my favorite farm animal...but I do love bacon. Speaking of which, I think I need to get myself some breakfast.