Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday Part 3 - This Little Piggy...

This little piggy came we, we, we, all the way home to The Compound!  Along with two litter mates or sisters, who knows.  We'd guess he's around 40-50lbs, and is about the same size as our group of 7.  He's all black, and yes he's a boy.

It was too late in the day to get the girls wrangled up and in their fenced in area.


I'll tell you what, BJ and Donnie live for this stuff!  Wrangling hogs is second nature to these guys.  This boar was not very happy, and even though the fence was electrified he kept charging it.  I've never been around anything like this before, so it was all new to me!  He looked like a bull in the ring facing a matador!  All the snorting and pawing at the ground included.

He caused quite the uproar, all the dogs were barking, the chickens were in a panic and the other herd of hogs were pretty upset.  Oh, the horror of having a stranger in their midst.

We blocked off a section of their enclosure for him and his sisters, and allow both groups to get to know one another over time.  This will also keep the new ones quarantined to make sure they are healthy.

 
This is BJ, this is how dirty you get wrangling hogs!  I had a picture of the back of him, worse than the front, but it didn't turn out.  With all the rain we had this past week, almost anything and everything around here is mud.

We're happy with the new breeding stock, and the extra pork chops and sausage that will be on our table this year.  Oh, how we enjoy life at The Compound!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday Part 2, Container Update; Dirt, Dirt and more Dirt

On to part two from Saturday!  As if part one wasn't enough work.  But we are thankful the weather was partly cloudy for most the day, and in the upper 70's to lower 80's with a good breeze.

The Moose, BJ and Donnie spent a better part of Saturday filling in the container.  They're about halfway up on one side, and a third of the way on the other.  Just what they all wanted to do;  more digging!




The black material was leftover from a garden project we had sometime back to help kill nematodes.  It's just another barrier between the container (which already has a rubberized coating and paint) and dirt.  We have a lot more planned for this container, and it seems we're on a pretty good trajectory to get some of the more important details taken care of.  So stay tuned!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday Part 1 - Friend or Foe?

Well, to say we've been busy would be an understatement.  We are crazy busy, with no immediate end in site.  But we need to make hay while the sun shines.

I'm breaking down the events from this past Saturday into a few different posts.  I hate having a post that is too long and loses your interest.

The guys decided Saturday was just as good as any other Saturday to clean out the pond filters, set up a new fountain, and remove any large debris that lay lurking at the bottom of the pond.  All of a sudden I get a call, "Laura, grab your camera!". 

I was instructed to take a photo of this strange worm like thing that was all over the pond filters, so we could look them up back home and figure out if we have a problem with the pond.  These very tiny, bright red worm like, creepy crawlies, were all over!  We were a bit worried.  Are they a parasite?


 
As it turns out, it's a friend!  These tiny red creatures are actually blood worms.  A sign of a healthy pond.  People actually buy them to put in their ponds to help, and also provide a very high source of protein (52%) to fish. 

They get stuck in pond filters, due to their size and as a means of protection from fish.  They're too big to go through the filter, but the action of the filter;  drawing in water which includes the algae, etc. is the perfect breeding and brooding ground for these little things.  If you'll notice in the photo the longer, green pieces are  actually mini-tubes they use for protection.

http://www.bonniesplants.com/bloodworms.htm

So the pond is healthy!  The new pump is up and running and per BJ who traversed the pond in hip boots, there's a lot of fish in this pond!