Fall Migration

Ducks on Lower Pond

Animals have been migrating to their winter paddocks. Today the ducks moved to the house end shed and the lower pond.

The geese will follow them soon, I’m hoping of their own accord. The geese have been over there occasionally through the fall so they know the area.

The lower pond and house end shed has good shelter from the wind, flowing spring water and in the spring the pond will open up for them.

The pond is a bit of a danger for pigs as they don’t understand the flat expanse is ice. A pig on ice is not a pretty sight. A pig under ices even less so. Since it is outside their ken they walk out on the flat, thin, smooth ice with their sharp pointy toes. When they break through their feet get trapped in the muddy bottom. Then we have to hand pull 300 to 900 lbs of pig out of the pond. Nobody enjoys that. It’s our own private La Brea Tar Pits.

The water fowl don’t have this problem. Their light enough that the ice is rarely thin enough to let them break through and when they do, well, they’re water fowl and they float. In fact, they’re delighted in the winter if open water shows up.

Outdoors: 20°F/0°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/58°F

Daily Spark: The wonderful thing about pigs is they stop being cute before they get to bacon size.

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6 Responses to Fall Migration

  1. Pam R. says:

    > Daily Spark: The wonderful thing about pigs is they
    > stop being cute before they get to bacon size.

    We’re in the process of doing our pig, and I must say, while they weren’t perhaps, cute, they were still endearing with their play and personalities. It was awful hard to dispatch them this year. I suspect they were Happy/Happy Too’s offspring.

  2. Jill says:

    I love the photo of the ducks on the snow! Your stories about moving the animals around are fun little insights into farmlife.

  3. PV says:

    I love this pic!

  4. Angie says:

    what a beautiful picture

  5. Tim says:

    2nd paragraph 2nd sentence ” The geese have been over their …”

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