Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Hog hosing and Ducklet for Heiko

How to Have a Happy Hog? Hose 'em off, baby!

When the days are hot we follow the long, long, long hose down the hill and crank it up to hose down the pigz. They just love it. Not only does this give them a cool down, but its a great way to keep their wallow full and muddy - just like they love it.

Them pigz come running from the far end of their lot as soon as they hear the dogs and I tromp down the hill.


They belly right up and enjoy the cool water. They stand there and let it run all over them, shake their heads, drink from the spray, and then run around carvorting in the mud.


Remember that pigz don't cool themselves like we do so this is a great way to keep the bacon happy.


Afterwards, they are shiny and happy - would you just look at that beautiful red color! Yay bacon! We are so glad that we found Spring Hill Farms.... wow! For those of you who aren't lucky enough to have your own Tamworths - if you are in or even near Central Ohio - run, don't walk over to their site and order you up some fresh pork. And word is... they are now raising Large Blacks.... I know... that's what I'm talking about. You can bet that I'll have my name on that list for more feeders next spring.

And, my dear Heiko requested a ducklet.. I mean.. a duckling so here you go, brother!
Your little pal is the far one in the water pan - she's a peach and a winner for sure. Name suggestion please....

Is everyone enjoying this cool morning!? Ohmigosh I need a long sleeved shirt to be outside - I'm lovin' the cool down.

Happy Monday everyone!

14 comments:

Carolyn Renee said...

Long sleeve shirt!!! Oh, how I wish it were that cool here.

Mr. H. said...

You have some very happy pigs there, they get baths and everything...spoiled I tell you, spoiled.:)

Robin said...

Oh boy...you have some real Happy Bacon there girl!!

I so want ducks, chickens, bacon and a goat! I guess it's time to move back to the country!

Little Rooster Croft said...

I am loving the bit of cooler weather. We have gotten a bit of rain too. Sitting on the porch is one of my favorite things to do and it has been cool enough to do that the past couple days. Last night was planting the winter garden (in the rain) and then sitting and enjoying the rain from a bit dryer location!

Nice looking bacon!

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Boy oh boy! those bacon carriers are sure looking good :o)... I'm with Robin..I want some chickens ducks and all the rest of that good eating stuff :o)

Chai Chai said...

They have really wiped the green out of the area they are living in, (Yoda voice) Pink locusts they are...

Amber said...

Oh what adorable ducklings...we have 4 ducks and I love them! It is cooler in Kentucky today also, the shade is beginning ot look like Autumn.

Heiko said...

Aaawwwhhhh, my own little fluffy duckling! Thank you! I'm going to name him... her? Errrh... I know, I know! Duck!... Nonononono, errmh... How about Foster! He can be my foster duck!

Ooh and I'd like some of that pig treatment. It's been 100F for the last 10 days or so. I can't move!

David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener said...

Not as cool here, but I'll take it. Beautiful hogs! Lovely lovley bacon.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

We had another fabulous cool morning Carolyn.... oh man I love this time of year!

Nothin' wrong with spoilin' the bacon while its growing out, Mr. H.

I love happy bacon, Robin! Come on out to the country!

LRC - this cool down is just what we needed. Makes it easier to work for sure.

Hey Ginny! Yep we've got lots to snuggle here...and plenty of good eating!

CC - they are doing awesome, natural clearers they are. Oh great now I'm gonna be talking like Yoda all day.....

Amber, I was noticing the same thing. The lighting has changed entirely - love it!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Heiko - Foster it is! She's just darn adorable!

Hey Dave! Tomorrow will heat up for us... but we are definitely on the way to fall. The bacons are going to be epic this year and ohhh.. the jowls are going to be beautiful also.

Anonymous said...

Farmgirl, just ran across you on another blog. Advice comes cheap, but I'd suggest you just use the mud for your pigs to cool down in. It's nature's way. If that water is too cold and they are too hot, you can send them into shock and kill them, heart attack on the spot. My husband used to farm. Loved pigs. Good luck!

David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener said...

pig cheek - my favorite part

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey Anon.. you're comment got lost in the shuffle. but thanks and a good reminder. i think i talked about this here:
http://adventuresinthegoodland.blogspot.com/2011/07/extreme-hot-weather-livestock-care.html

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