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Heavy rain on the way

Life ends, life begins

May 21, 2019

It’s been a while since my last post. Winter ended with a bang here: over a foot of snow for over a week in February and March, then suddenly some sunny warm weather, then a few days of torrential rains and bad flooding of large rivers like the Willamette, then very warm sunny weather for…

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Piglets outside with Princess

Day 10: A passle of piglets

January 6, 2019

Log since piglets were born on December 23: December 24. All eight piglets accounted for in the morning, but by evening I counted only 7. The corpse showed up in the shelter a few days later. December 27. The vet came out to castrate whichever piglets were unfortunate enough to be born male. Most people…

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Princess's second suckle

Piglets for Christmas!

December 23, 2018

It’s been a very windy and wet day, and I went out to feed this afternoon. In the rainy weather I feed the pigs inside their roomy dry shelter, and the ritual is that the group stays outside the shelter gate while I dump their food inside, then I wait until they get a little…

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Princess and her farrowing hut

Princess has a palace!

December 22, 2018

Pasture pigs are so easy. Moms do all the farrowing work themselves, making their own nest away from the others. When Momma disappeared for a day last July, I spent a day looking for her. I finally found her and three new piglets under a blackberry thicket. I know that Princess should be farrowing right…

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Up close with Annie

September 18, 2018

On a beautiful fall day, my friend Annie enjoyed the first day of her vacation by visiting and saying hi to the pigs. She has a gentle spirit and the piggies loved hanging out with her, as you can see. And a big milestone – Baby Market has let me scratch his back in the…

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Welcome Princess!

September 10, 2018

Four boars against one sow. Didn’t seem fair, and after netting only one piglet from Momma’s last farrow, I decided to look for another female and found the perfect one: Princess! A gilt who’s just a year old. She’s mostly kune kune, so similar size and age to my bunch, and when I read that…

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Market eating an apple from Jenn

Pigging out on Jenn’s apples

August 10, 2018

I visited Jenn’s farm today and we picked up enough windfall apples to fill several boxes. By the time I got home, the cab of my ranch truck smelled unusually fragrant, in an unusually good way. The pigs got a box this evening, and they thank you, Jenn!  

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Carrie's pears

Pears from Carrie

August 7, 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

July 31, 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!

July 21, 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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