So, after the panic of the pups gnawing on the lamb, it appears the pigs had decided to taste a duck. Thank goodness she came to her senses and got out of there in time.
In the meantime, the deck is being built where the old interlocking brick patio was. It was terribly dysfunctional, sloped incorrectly so water collected at the house instead of running off and away, and the ants had taken up residence and continually uprooted sand onto the patio. This deck is 16 feet square and will be much more user friendly.
The puppies got their first shots today and Walter is continuing his Oxytetracycline for a terrible condition he acquired prior to coming to the farm, Arcanobacterium pyogenes, a nasty bacterial infection. This is his second go round with antibiotics as the penicillin failed to rid him of the problem.
Also, the Ancona ducklings and guinea keets arrived today. The ducklings vary in age from a week to a few months and are cute as ever. The guinea keets are wild and crazy and try to fly into their wire cage. They are in the hoop house the lambs vacated this morning, where they will stay for three weeks and they are ready to join the flocks foraging in the yard.
The llamas came into the yard through a gate that some one inadvertently left open and munched on the goats' hay. They were reluctant to be shown the gate and went everywhere but out, though finally, they condescended and left after being chased and shooed away.
The raven attacked a rabbit in their kennel this morning. Fortunately the rabbits have protective houses to retreat into and although quite a bit of fur was torn out, the rabbit is fine. One of the projects this evening was to cover the kennel with wire to protect the bunnies from arial predators. Those ravens have hunted the farm critters a little too much for my liking. It is time to shoot another one, maybe the bold one who flew into the rabbit cage and caused havoc there.
In the evening we shared a meal of turkey stew with fresh garden beans, asparagus, organic carrots and organic sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and lots of turkey raised right here on the farm. Whew, and that was another day. Zzzz. Good night.