Nancy Hildebrandt

Carrie's pears

Pears from Carrie

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 07 Aug 2018

My pigs don’t know it, but they love Carrie now. She harvested one of her pear trees and gave me a box of fruit that she didn’t consider fit for humans. The fruit wasn’t quite ripe yet, but the pigs didn’t care a bit. Yes, I have a lot of posts, videos, and photos of…

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Green apples from Carrie

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 31 Jul 2018

Carrie dropped off some green apples that fell from her tree early, and I threw them out to the piggies, who were duly appreciative. Trouble was, I realized that there are a lot of oak galls in that particular spot – the round white shapes in the video that are about the same size as…

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Hooray I forgot to close the gate!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 21 Jul 2018

This morning after feeding the piggies I came inside to do some chores and was sitting in front of my laptop in the living room when I heard a rumble on the back deck and looked out to see…PeeWee! – my biggest boar by 2x – walk past. Uh oh. I’d been in and out…

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Piggies chowing on wild carrots

Pain and delight

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 21 Jul 2018

There have been some lows and highs in the past week. There were three piglets last week, now there is one. I don’t know what happened to the first piglet, but I know what happened to the second. One of the donkeys went after it. I saw it happen from a distance: the aggressive forward…

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Piglets Day 3 in the nest

Piglets Day 3

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 11 Jul 2018

Getting so brave! I left in the background sound effects. When my parents said “Stop eating like a pig!” they knew what they were talking about.  

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Momma and three piglets Day 3

Three new piglets!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 08 Jul 2018

Of the five guinea hogs that arrived here on Memorial Day, there was one female, she came with the name Momma, and though she’d recently farrowed, they expected her to go into heat soon. But when she arrived, they noticed she was already pregnant. I had no idea when she’d farrow, but I noticed a…

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Mysterious farm fairy appears in the late evening

My farm fairy

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 27 Jun 2018
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I was sending off this photo to a friend when I noticed the luminous blue dot in the photo. My friend informed me that’s a farm fairy. Hey, I could use one of those. Or maybe the fairy is looking after the critters, not me. Orwell’s allegorical novel originally had a subtitle – Animal Farm:…

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A dip in the pool on a hot day

A dip in the pool on a hot day

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 17 Jun 2018

These pigs love their swimming pool on a hot afternoon, but they’re not limited to our concept of a pool. Their water troughs serve the same purpose. I crack up every time I see the part in the video where I say “Havin’ a good time?” and the pigs look at each other quizzically.

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Photo of my American Guinea Hogs

American Guinea Hogs arrive on the scene

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 28 May 2018

Memorial Day seems like the perfect day to get 5 American Guinea Hogs. This breed is listed as endangered on some sites, but the American Guinea Hog Association states that they’re available in nearly every state now. I’ve read the story that Thomas Jefferson had them, but they were thought to be extinct for a…

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Mocha and Latte just off the trailer

The guard donkeys are here!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 26 May 2018

Who know that it could be so hard to find a ranch fencing contractor who had time to fence a few acres? I started working on this project eight months ago. But just a few days ago the fencing project was finished by the incomparable Ron Chappell from Statewide Fence Company and his sidekicks Oliver…

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