Piglets, poppies and photos

We had more piglets arrive shortly before Christmas.  Pigachu farrowed through the night, ending up with 6 as one was stillborn.  She had 11 last time so it should be a relaxing time for her in comparison.

Poor Mirax had a rough farrowing three days later.  She had one tiny, not fully formed piglet which must have twisted sideways or gotten itself jammed with one of the other piglets.  The result was that she had one lovely piglet when we checked in the morning but no more arrived for over 2 hours.  Then she had 3 in about 15 minutes along with the tiny dead one.  After that she had 2 beautiful looking girls who were sadly dead and could not be resuscitated, followed by one more live fellow.  So in the end she had 5 left from a potential 8.  She had 8 last time so I guess she is being consistent.

They are all out and about a lot of the time now, 2 weeks later.  They seem to be doing well.

The poppy crops have all been flowering.

They turn a bright white and depending on how dense they are they can almost look like snow.  The next stage is when the flowers finish and the pods ripen.

Someone mentioned that it seemed strange to have such a small area in poppies.  I would guess that this paddock is around 20 acres, although it could be anything from 10 to  50 – I find it hard to tell from a distance.  However poppies are a finicky crop and they have to be closely monitored and watered when necessary, so I imagine the size of the paddocks planted would be reliant on the area the farmer is able to irrigate. No doubt that explains why you don’t see too many poppy fields in WA.

Here you can just see one of our turkeys nicking off and exploring the paddock over the road!  Just a bit TOO free ranging!

And I may as well finish up with a few shots of home.  Our potatoes are coming up nicely.

and Lydia has 11 chicks in the brooder box, however with a much smaller, but more secure, run.

Well that’s enough from me.  We hope you all continue to enjoy the holiday period.

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