Pig House Warming

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Thanksgiving and Wednesday have been snow days. We got a little over a foot of snow between yesterday and today and it is still snowing now, Thursday night as I write this. Today we worked on getting the roof on the next shed. Last evening I moved a large round 4×4 bale of hay into the first of the new pig dens and let the pigs in. They were quite excited to see the fresh hay and their new sleeping space. It is a pole shed built into a cutout in the uphill side of one of the terraces we’ve carved into the hill. It is a bit small to sleep all forty of them. We should be done with another tomorrow and then they can spread out more.

The snow has gotten deep enough that Ben and Will were snow-boarding on the hill in the south field this afternoon. It got cold enough last night that the snow from yesterday formed a good base and then the new snow today made for wonderful power boarding.

We had some excitement out at the end of the south field last night. Something got one of our lambs. It is clawed up but looks like it may survive. The dogs bought the sheep back to the house and pens at a run and then wouldn’t let any of the animals back into the field. It was dusk and snowing hard so we couldn’t see anything. Looking at the lamb today my guess is bear. We are missing the lambs twin. Kita, Cinnamon, Kia and Lili went with me out to look around today. All we found was a place where there was blood under the snow. Dogs noses are amazing. It was a beautiful walk if somewhat morbid. Time to bring the animals in from the pastures to the winter garden corrals.

Guns don’t kill – Bullets do.

Low 23째F, High 34째F, 7″ Snow


Also see: Winter Pig Dens

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8 Responses to Pig House Warming

  1. I’m just wondering if winter garden corrals are what they sound like: corrals formed around the garden area for the animals to live in, fertilize, etc., through the winter? I suppose they would also be safer and closer to watchful eyes, possibly. Sounds like a fantastic idea.

    Mary Susan

  2. Yes, that is exactly what they are. You see, here on the mountain the soil’s a bit thin. We have about 1/8th inch of top soil and then 2″ to a foot or two of gravel below that in most places. There are pockets of deeper soil but they are few and far between. The ground is also steep and acidic. What we have been doing is terracing the hillside in our home field area. This creates nice flat gardens that catch the rain and stop it from rushing down the mountain quite so fast. That doesn’t solve the problem of the soil being poor though. So what we do is fence in a terrace and put the livestock on that area for the winter. We feed them plenty of hay, extra, on the ground. The hay and their manure adds organic matter to the soil. Then in the spring the pigs till it up. We move the pigs out and put chickens in. They smooth the soil and weed it for about two weeks. When we’re ready to plant we move the chickens out and presto – wonderful gardens. It actually takes about two to three years of this for the soil to get really rich. With patience it gets there. Each year we add more garden space.

  3. Sounds great; thanks for the expanded explanation.

    Mary Susan

  4. great idea! Sounds useful and beats the associated expense of “store bought” options that are quite costly…..

  5. Hick says:

    That is the most bee-utiful dog…almost as lovely as my dog, Jazz. Heh!

    What kind of bears do you have there? We have black bears, but cougars are the more common problem for sheep stealing.

  6. We have black bear – fortunately not grizzly. Officially there are no cougars although my wife and I have both seen them and found the prints. Ghosts.

  7. Aidan Hamilton says:

    What does it take to have a really solid LGD?

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