Thursday, June 4, 2009

I never thought it would come to this

Yes, we have to weigh the pig's feed morning and night. Apparently that is what happens when: a) you buy pigs that are about 20 lbs. to big for your county fair to begin with; b) the person who feeds them cannot stand to think that they may go hungry, and so for the first 3 weeks you have them feeds them constantly (guilty as charged here...); and c) I think these pigs are genetically disposed to gaining weight at alarming rates - they could probably eat dirt and gain several pounds a day.
Jessie's 4-H advisor is coming over tonight if the weather cooperates to teach her how to walk these pigs - so I'm going to be taking LOTS of pictures and videos.

And last night, the chickens got out. So they may become modified free range chickens if they keep this up. Although we have a real coyote/wild dog/hawk problem so I'm not sure how that will all work out.

1 more corner to go on my table topper - I'm having to make up mesurements as I go along (and then I forget to write them down for the next corner and have to start all over again). Pictures to come....



Julie said...

oh sheesh! you must get those chickens back in kris. we also have a wild dog, fox and eagle problem in our neck of the woods, so our chicken run is wired over. oh, i can't stand the thought!!!

julie :)

stitchersanon said...

Perhaps you should come and weigh my food...I think I am genetically programmed to put on some weight...if you get me back down to a UK size 10, you can show me as much as you like hehe.
Cant wait to see piccies of your pigs learning the walk!!

marit said...

We had chicken some years ago, they went all over the place, but were locked in overnight. Once a hawk tried to catch one of the hens, but then the cock turned on him and chased him away! It was fun watching! Also, the hens were allowed out all year, and one morning I let them out, they stopped in the doorway and had a big argument! Not happy at all! Reason? It had snowed that night...

Looking forward to the pigwalk!

MaryMade said...

You have to walk pigs????

Scrappy quilter said...

This is just the funniest post. Weighing their food and then learning how to walk the pigs. That's hilarious and yet I know it has to be done. It's always so interesting reading your blog and seeing what you're doing on the farm. I love it.

Small House said...

I remember all of this from when I was growing up. MY GOODNESS, they take the weight of the pig very serious. If there is one thing in this world that shouldn't have to worry about weight, it should be a pig.
Good luck with those chickens!

Niki said...

LOL....gotta love the farming life!
Can't wait to see your lastest quilting
have a great weekend

isolada. by design said...

"modified free range chickens?" You just make me laugh, Kris!

So looking forward to pics and video of Jessie and her pigs. Sounds like a fun time, for sure!

Happy Friday!

Ana :)

Kristie said...

When will the pigs be shown? I think it is great how involved you all are in 4H. Our 4H thing here is not that good, such a shame!

Love the chickens! Sometimes I feel like Andrew's chickens are going to take over!!!

But don't you just love farm life??? I sure do!

Aunt Spicy said...

Dying...dying over here to see pictures of the pigs and pig walking!