Since the Marines illness and hospital stay. We have fallen behind on a lot of our must do projects.
First of all I thought Miss Piggy was due to give birth the first week in February and we had not built her a separate pen and shelter from our boar. As it got closer to the date I saw no signs that birth was imminent so we didn't get in a hurry. Not that I or Papa Bear are experts. This will be our first rodeo but according to everything I read and pictures I saw she wasn't close. Thank God I looked at the gestation chart wrong.
If they finally got it right and the deed was done during this time, I should have piggies the first week in March. If she didn't get pregnant during this heat cycle, then 21 days later will be toward the 3rd week in March.
When we got home from the hospital we had so much rain that the pen Miss Piggy and Kermit were in had massive mud puddles. I had nightmares that Miss piggy was going to give birth and all my new piggies would drown. Papa Bear and I recouped a couple of days from the day and night shifts at the hospital and then got busy. We got a new pen put up adjoining the one shown in the photo above with a gate separating the two. A larger shelter was also built.
I told you when it rains, it rains some more. Yesterday I noticed Calico, one of my pregnant does limping. I am way behind on trimming goat hooves. I know...bad goat mama. I brought her into a stall and put her up on the milking stand so I could save my back from breaking. Sure enough. She had a lot of extra growth with dirt packed under it that was causing her to limp. I got the hoof trimmers and pick, got one front hoof done when Papa Bear handed me a new pair of trimmers. I trimed her back hoof and went to the other side and got the back trimmed and started to do the front and saw a pool of blood. OMG. I thought I was extremely careful not to cut too close. I called Papa Bear and told him to bring me the ground Cayenne pepper. He wanted to know if I had cut myself...I said no...the goat. I got a bucket of water and paper towels and still could not see anything on the hoof and then I felt the blood oozing through my fingers where I was holding around her pastern. I had cut a nasty gash with those new clippers and didn't even know it. Calico never flinched or anything. I got it washed and poured the cayenne pepper on the gash. It clotted the blood in just a few seconds. (Cayenne Pepper is a great item to have in your survival gear.) I have used it on myself. It does not burn like you think it would.