We are delighted to announce the arrival of a new species to Boscrowan in the form of 2 Wessex saddleback piglets who are just 8 weeks old. In honour of a National forthcoming event we have called them Diamond and Jubilee.
The plan is that after a week or so of settling in, in the old pigsty beside my soft furnishing workroom, that they will live out in the field beside the poultry houses and the bee hives by day and back indoors at night – perish the thought that they might escape at night and venture into the gardens!
The hatching of the ducklings has been a rather drawn out affair, probably due to us trying to hatch smaller call duck eggs alongside the larger Indian runner and Appleyard eggs. However, we now have 10 bouncing, heavily water consuming and splashing ducklings from 19 eggs, plenty to restore the level of quacking at Boscrowan. We are now lending the incuabtor and more eggs to a neighbour as we have 2 broody hens also sitting on duck eggs – we could have more than we can cope with and have to find alternative homes for, never a problem it seems – always waiting customers!
Not to mention the 2 piglets which we are going to collect on tuesday, from Constantine. A new venture for us, but should be quite fun! They will live outdoors in the daytime in the grass field alongside the poultry houses and bee hives and close to the veg growing area from which no doubt they will be able to receive additional treats. At night they will come into a building which was originally a pigsty and sleep on a deep bed of straw. What a life!!
An incubator full of call duck, Indian runner duck and White appleyard eggs has been quietly buzzing away in our house. The incubation period for duck eggs is 28 days so we were expecting hatching to commence on monday – 3 days time but we have some early arrivals – 2 call ducks so far and hopefully some more on the way today – such time wasters – we love watching them in the incubator (now on the table as Jess takes more than a passing interest in the whole event!)
If the Indian runner ducks hatch then we are going to have an eventual problem – they won’t fit through the doors of any of our current collection of chicken houses!