As it gets colder, my duties get a little bit more detailed. Not much, but a little bit more. I have to remember now that when the pig comes out to eat, I have to rush back into the coop and remove the blanket from the ground and place it hanging from the wall. Then approximately 20 minutes later or so, the pig has come back and is lying on the ground, but not on the blanket. That is a crucial step because of the big is lying on the blanket, I can’t really put the blanket over the pig.
The end goal is to put the pig in a blanket.
The first night I forgot to do this and he had to do it later on which he didn’t like because of he wakes the pig it’s a whole new thing.
Tonight I remembered to move the blanket but when I did I realized it had been laying in the drinking water which I had on the ground but was supposed to not be there. Yet another lesson learned for tomorrow.
I tossed the blanket over the pig with the wet spot towards his ass and then covered his head neatly. If he gets too hot during the night he knows how to wiggle out. This morning the blanket wasn’t on him so it’s not quite hot enough for a full evening I suppose.
It’s quite a long time between the beginning of his feeding, the 20 minutes or so it takes for him to eat his meal, and then walk around the grounds a little bit finding a place to poo, and then finally making his way back inside, to lay down, and let me approach him.
He’s quite a nasty pig if you get in his way and bother him so the noise is he makes as you’re putting the blanket on him are quite scary It took me a bit getting used to. I have no doubt that I’m faster than him so I don’t need to use the rooster defense stick although it was nearby.
Mission accomplished. It’ll get easier as the winter approaches. Actually it’ll get harder as the snow approaches I suspect but it’s Ontario and it’s 2022 so our winter doesn’t really come until December or January these days. October snow falls are rare and far between. I think we’ve had brown halloweens for over a decade. Some years the first snowfall isn’t until January despite what the farmers almanac might predict for us.