Hi friends - we’ve been a little quiet on farm updates after a tough start to the year. We suffered a devastating fox attack which claimed 10 hens (more than half our flock), our gorgeous rooster, Clyde, and perhaps most heartbreakingly of all, Ducky. 💔 Six hens managed to escape unscathed, and over the last couple months they’ve bonded into one tiny flock.
We put everything we have into caring for our animals, and to say it hit us hard is an understatement. But after taking some time to recover from the shock, we’re ready to get back to business as usual. So, some 🐷 updates:
A few months ago the vet came out to the farm and gave both pigs a clean bill of health. Ferdinand was deemed a “healthy adult” but the vet suggested he lose a little weight, although Ferd requested a second opinion (🚫 request denied). Vivian was diagnosed as a “healthy geriatric” and the vet suggested a high fat diet for her, and we are happy to report that she now has a rotund belly! She has spent the winter basking under a heat lamp like a reptile and only burying herself under straw during the coldest days.
The beginning of this month marked three years since Ferd found his forever home with us. He’s still a curmudgeon and his new diet has only strengthened his resolve to be a grump and steal food from all the other animals whenever possible. We recently caught him trying to stick his head through the chicken coop door. 🤦♀️ One thing is for sure - life is never boring with Ferd!
Enjoy some pics of what the animals have been up to, and stay tuned for more farm antics!