Escapology!

Just like their mum, Belles piglets are full of attitude. Today this little brood decided they would spread their wings and found a route (avoiding the electric tape) behind all of the other arks and through the boundary gate…not only…

New poultry sheds ordered…

…and they’ll be here next week! We got a great deal on two 13′ x 7′ by Elbec with strong construction, solid tongue and groove floors and windows along one wall. We’re thinking of putting up a partition within each shed with…

Fighting on the forums…

One of our favourite websites is The Accidental Smallholder (TAS for short). I stumbled on it six years ago just before we moved on to our farmland and found reading about Dan & Rosemary’s experiences on their smallholding so interesting.…

Ebaying…

We have sold the old tractor we bought having very quickly realised that a two-wheel drive one just wouldn’t be able to cope with our muddy land. We bought it on eBay so thought we’d try and sell it the…

At last a solution…

…Heras Fencing! The solution to our poultry fencing needs isn’t as pretty as a white picket fence, it isn’t as cheap as stock fencing BUT it will allow us to up sticks and move the poultry on to fresh pasture…

Green Aspirations Scotland…

Our friend Louise who helped fight for and establish the new allotments in the village has set up a new company with her partner Green Aspirations Scotland. She did a great job rallying ‘most’ of the local community in to…

Tuesday: New Day Old Chicks…

With immaculate timing the hubbard chicks hatched this morning. It was relatively straight forward as we have pretty much mastered near perfect settings on the incubator preventing any cases of ‘dead in shell’ or chicks stuck to the inside of…

Monday: Turkeys out to the farm…

With eggs ready to hatch hubbard chicks in the incubator it was time to make a bit of space for them at home so the turkey chicks were moved out to the farm. A temporary enclosure was constructed from those…

Ten new piglets…

Well, they’ve arrived….ten new piglets to Belle! This was the last day that second year vet student Lisa was with us…we had invited her here this week as we were sure Belle would farrow during her time with us. I…

Oh oh, Belle is getting ready to pop!….

I’ve been checking Belle’s teats for milk every day since Friday (the very earliest date she could have farrowed) and when squeezed very hard there was a tiny trace of milk which usually means we have around 5-10 days before…

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