Everyone here has been down with the flu, and I mean DOWN. Like, we have been laid out… and that’s saying something, as I pride myself on saying that I NEVER get sick. And for me the flu followed a truly nasty head cold and sinus infection. I like to think that if I hadn’t been wiped out from the head cold that I wouldn’t have gotten the flu?
I should know better. NEVER say never…
As such, little work has happened here on the farm, other than required feeding of animals.
I did work up some invoices, but my brain was so fuzzy that I messed up even that! It was rather embarrassing…
Meanwhile, Kevin is on his way home as I write this! So, YAY!! My biggest fear is that we will give him the flu. We are mostly better, but not entirely!
In the spirit of not doing much work today, I am sharing with you some fun facts about pigs. Pigs are interesting creatures. And by interesting, I mean smart, sneaky, funny, loud, fast, and oh, so, irritating (because they are also BAD).
For instance, just this morning I spent half an hour trying to convince the boar to step back into his space. This was particularly painful as my sick legs felt like lead weights and I was sweating profusely with the effort.
It was my fault that he escaped, really.
He had water yesterday. Enough to get through the day. And since I was feeling particularly poorly yesterday, I did not fill up his tub.
He pushed the tub onto the polynet fencing. Mind you this is temporary electric fencing, only about 24 inches tall. The thing is, that once the bowl is on top of the fencing, the bowl, which is about 4 feet long and only 12 inches deep, becomes a bridge over the electric fence. I’ve seen this occur before – sadly, not once, or even twice – but, several times. I should know better.
Here are some fun pig facts to entertain you today! (Hopefully you are not also laid up with the flu.):
– A pig’s squeal can be as loud as 115 decibels – that’s 3 decibels higher than the sound of a supersonic airliner.
– Pigs will eat almost anything. ANYTHING. We had one group of pigs that was housed in the same field as the chickens for a while. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out that the pigs were eating the chickens! I guess fresh is best… Needless to say, I had to remove the pigs from the chicken area to resolve the situation.
– The genetic makeup of pigs is very similar to humans which is why stem cells from pigs are used to research human diseases.
– Winston Churchill once said, “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.”
– The Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto brought the first swine to the New World in 1539.
– A pig can run a seven-minute mile. This is the primary reason why I do not chase pigs, because I cannot run a seven-minute mile.
– The largest pig in recorded history, was a Poland China hog named Big Bill, who weighed an astounding 2,552 pounds and was 5 feet tall and 9 feet long.
– Pigs cannot sweat! This is why they love the mud in summer time, because it keeps them cool. Mud also makes life uncomfortable for skin parasites and other irritating insects.
-Sows (mama pigs) sing to their piglets while nursing them.
-Piglets and sow (mama pig) recognize each other’s voices. While this one may be true, I find that the mama pigs will nurse any hungry piglet. A mama pig will also come charging to the rescue of any screaming piglet, does not matter if it is her own or not.
-A sow gives birth to a litter that usually contains 7-12 piglets. The largest litter recorded is one which contained 37 piglets. I cannot even begin to imagine…
-Pigs have four toes on each foot, but walk using only the middle two.
– According to the Humane Society, pigs are smarter than 3 year old children (and more mischievous in my experience).
– Pigs are very social. They love to snuggle up together and often sleep in piggy piles.