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Pigs and Peanut Butter

I have been trying to spend more time in the pig pen to make sure that Lady-Bug is comfortable around us.  I want to make sure she won’t be afraid if we are nearby when she goes into labor.  This way we can help her if necessary.  I decided to bring out some peanut butter to lure her over to me today.  She will eat out of my hands now which is a huge improvement from her running like crazy in the opposite direction.  She is definitely still timid without the use of food.

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Once they got a taste of it, Houidini and Lady-Bug were all about the peanut butter.  It took a few licks to get the concept they couldn’t also eat the metal spoon.

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As you can hear in the video, they have excellent table manners: Pigs & Peanut Butter 

In the end, Houidini attempted to take it all for himself.

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On the crop front, I planted some viking potatoes in a container today.  There are several methods for this, but I chose to take a few of the starter potatoes and plant them directly into the container instead of cutting or letting them develop eyes.  We will see what happens.

I also took the older plants outside for some hardening.  It is warm today, but really windy.  It’s actually always windy here at our homestead.  I used hair clips to attach the crops to their support stakes so the wind wouldn’t break them.

I have lettuce and cherry tomatoes in hanging planters on the porch, so they were watered today and are soaking in the much needed sun.  I have been keeping them inside at night since the temperatures are still in the 30′s.

I put Solstice and Princess in the goat pen today to give them some more time to get acquainted   There is also plenty of room to run if Princess gets after Solstice again.  The chicken drama never ends around here!

Tonight I am looking forward to my agriculture class because we are meeting at a large, local composting center.  I am hoping to learn some interesting things about composting and vermicomposting (composting with the aid of worms).  After class I have to work until the morning, so I hope the shift goes by quick!

Until next time…

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