One of our boars is off to Ireland to be part of a special AI (artificial insemination) programme for rare breed pigs! He’s gone into quarantine for a month first before being shipped off! The other boar is going off to the butchers next weekend.
We are expecting Tigger to farrow the first week of May, so are busy trying to get the nursery set up over at the new site in readiness!
Lambing is progressing SLOWLY – the ram was out with the ewes for way too long, and we will have some arrivals as late as May I reckon…we have had to take the triplet ewes off Scarlet, as she was getting too sore with constant sucking and very sharp teeth – they had nearly eaten through one of her teats!
Hens & Ducks!
One of our lovely Dutch cross bantams has hatched 7 chicks – we are keeping them in the poly tunnel as it’s too cold yet for them out with the others.
Vegs / Salads
We are potting up / planting out as much as we can in portable pots/troughs so that we can just move them across later on to plant out in the raised beds.
St James Place arrived with 14 willing volunteers, on another lovely sunny day, and helped clear a lot of stone over at the new site; filling in holes, clearing an area for the farrowing pen, and sawing lengths ready for the raised beds!
|this blackbird decided to make|
her nest inside a bridle in our
|These are her offspring|
|Work is progressing with our building on the new site!|
Our Spring Quiz was a great success and we raised over £400 during the evening. If you haven’t ventured out for one of these historic events do make sure you book in for our Autumn Quiz in October!