Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Baby porcupine (porcupette) is back

Not long after we got home, the albino porcupette showed up in the front yard under my car. At least it was dry there, and there  is plenty there for it to eat. I kept talking to it as I took its picture.








The cast is off!!

 I like how the tech's gloves matched the cast.
She is gently cutting it off.



 It was a bit painful when she pried it apart.
Right in front of the ankle and the heel are SORE!




 LOTS of packing material.

 Just before I went for exrays.
He printed me a copy of one view.
I will try to add that on here tomorrow.
Despite the dry skin, it looks better than it
did 2 weeks ago. It is still very bruised.



 The surgeon took his own pictures of the foot.





 No more cast! I am now in a boot/air cast.
I can take it off to shower (tomorrow)
and to put on Goat Milk lotion to start
removing the dead skin!!
I can set it on the floor, but I am not allowed to 
put any weight on it. I go back to see him in 4 weeks.
In the next week or 2 I can start simple exercises.
Like 'writing the alphabet' with my toes, and bending
the foot up and down. None of that is going to happen
until I get the dried skin off. It is like concrete and
not letting the skin under it move. But, onward and upward!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Look who cam down to the side pasture

Friday the 13th Mama Porcupine  came down from
2 pm to who knows after dark and just grazed for hours.





 Today, Saturday the 14th we got home at 8 pm and
look who Mama brought with her. These pictures I
took from the wheelchair on the deck. I used the zoom.






 These pictures Jerry took within 3 feet of it.
He said it is the size of a kitten. And, was not
the least bit afraid of him being that close.
It has pink feet and a pink face. Aw!!


Friday, July 13, 2018

For anyone with a farm and predators, this info is a must read.

https://www.premier1supplies.com/newsletters/07-11-2018-allspecies.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=July-11-Allspecies

And to reinforce the need for electric fence, and how to use it properly.
https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/homesteading/fences-sheds-barns/electric-fencing-for-sheep/

Here at our farm we have hard wire fence around the perimeter, and around smaller pastures for rotational grazing, or for the pigs, or for when we need to put up a temporary hoop house to separate the flock. We also have LOTS of Premier1 electric net fence. We like the ease in moving the fence and creating other grazing areas. Such as our front 'lawn'. If it is mowed, it can be a gorgeous thick lawn. But, we let the sheep mow, fertilize and water it for us thanks to the use of electric net fence.

This is the fence we use on the farm. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/red-brand-woven-field-fence-330-ft-l-x-47-in-h

We have a few of these panels that we have used for temporary housing. 3 together and a moveable gate in front. Then 2 cattle panels from side to side tied together with baling twine and a tarp tied to all that makes for a quick house. One I don't have to worry about my Horned Dorset sheep taking apart.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/countyline-corral-panel-12-ft-w-x-5-ft-h
This is what the gate looks like. But, the ones we bought from our friend have panels attached. So then the house looks like it has 4 complete panels, but with the door opening.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/panel-corral-4-ft-gate-frame?cm_vc=IOPDP1
2 of these tied side by side and then made into an upside down U make the roof. They are then secure to the horse panels.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/feedlot-panel-cattle-16-ft-l-x-50-in-h     

Then the whole area around the temporary house is secured by electric net fence.

 At the time of building this, I did not have the gate
with the panel available. I bought more from my 
friend before she moved. But, this system worked.
And, nothing got in (but chickens!) and nothing got out.

 We save our old ugly tarps just for the temporary
houses. Doubled up equals no leaks.
I think this may have been the third time we used
this one tarp. It went to the dump after this use.
We can deal with holes, but when it starts to fray,
I worry about something eating the pieces. 
                                                                    

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