Mouse with Piglets
No, that is not the small furry rodent type mouse. This Mouse is one of our sows and weighs more like 700 lbs or so after she has farrowed. Maybe more. She has twelve healthy piglets there in the south end shed.
That is definitely our best farrowing space. The other dens and sheds work but the translucent roofing of the south end shed turn it into a winter oasis. Today the piglets were gamboling about in the sun. They come over and snuff my boots when I bring Mouse her meals, water and whey. The piglets have begun to eat some of Mouse’s food so I bring extra for them.
We didn’t get the greenhouse done before the really cold weather hit. We were pouring the last of the foundation in deep snow. Even with the Polarset accelerant in the concrete I worried that the cement had not setup well enough to bear the weight of the roof and the wind forces. So rather than having it crack, we resisted the temptation of stripping off the forms. They will provide the concrete some protection through the coldest weather as the sun heats it during the day. Normally after 28 days it is effectively fully cured. It will be a project for warmer weather. Life is like that sometimes. We adjusted and used the winter housing and farrowing spaces from other years.
Life goes on, new piglets are here, winter is warming and I think we are past the worst of the cold weather.
Outdoors: 32°F/10°F Partially Sunny, Light snow much of the day, 4″ last night.
Farm House: 43°F/37°F
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/57°F PEX done