You really think I'm gonna cooperate? Ha!
2 Fridays ago things did not go as planned, which wasn't a huge surprise, but I didn't think they would go so spectacularly wrong. Everything started out well enough, Jeff had finished the boxes to transport the pigs in and we had my dad and our friend Yvonne to help us load them up, and then we let Toony loose. Boy was she happy to be our of her pen and because we figured she would just fallow us we didn't restrain her (not that you can really restrain a 500lb pig). She romped around for a bit and then followed us into my dad's backyard, so far so good. Then came time to go up the ramp... ya not so much. Toony would take three steps up the ramp and then jump off the side and start rooting around my dad's backyard.
The ramp was apparently too steep and in a moment of pure idiocy I forgot all I know about animal behavior and didn't advise Jeff to put SIDES on the ramp (I felt like a moron). So after about three hours of trying to coax Toony up the ramp while also trying to keep her in my dad's backyard and not running around Champlain Park, we gave up and put Toony back into her pen. Pig = 1 Humans = 0 Round 2 is tonight and I hope it goes better then Round 1.
The transport hutches that did not end up hauling the pigs.
In the end we gave up using the wooden hutches to transport the pigs and instead we used them to transport the sheep and goats instead. We have since procured a horse trailer, and the ramp is less steep, so we'll be trying again tonight and if all goes as planned we should be hitting the road with the pigs first thing Saturday morning. One thing we did learn from our bought with Toony was that a rope around her back ankle works pretty good to keep her from running off.
While we really didn't want to subjugate the Geeps to such a long ride with two of them being pregnant they seemed to do really well on the trip. We wanted to hit the road early Saturday morning and get to Jeff's hometown by early afternoon, but that didn't happen and we didn't leave until 4:30pm. We didn't reach our destination until 1:30am, so the Geeps had to spend the night in the hutches.
We got up the next day, went to Mother's Day breakfast with Jeff's family and then around noon time headed over to his aunts and uncles with our herd of animals. One of Jeff's brother had beat us there and within minutes of pulling in we were all putting up fencing for the animals.
Flower waiting to be let out.
It took most of the afternoon, but we got the animals settled into their new home and they are currently being spoiled rotten by Jeff's Aunt Chrissy. We thought that Faye would be the first to kid out, but surprisingly enough it was Sophie who had her baby first. Little Bandit was born last Saturday. He is a healthy little boy and Sophie is (not so surprisingly) being a very over protective mother.
He has Ollie's ears!
Faye followed a few days latter and gave birth to a healthy baby girl this past Tuesday that Chrissy named Gracie. Both of the babies are doing well and I can't wait to see them in person! I'm going to take a ton of pictures.
Looks like she already has the pygmy goat strut down.
Aunt Chrissy also found someone to shear the Shetlands for $50 plus the wool, although he said because of the condition the wool wasn't worth much. I really miss hearing Keera bah when I pull into my dad's driveway. I can't wait to see them this weekend and I hope we find a place soon, so I can move down there. We are looking at a farm on Sunday that has about 25 acres and a really nice barn. I'm keeping my figures crossed that our properties here in Plattsburgh sell quickly so we'll have money for a down payment.