Thursday, December 9, 2010

some like it hot

It was 3 degrees this morning on the farm, and as soon as I went into the barn and turned on the pig's light she exploded with a grunt from her nest of hay, shook, and went right under it. She's learned that Jenna = food and warmth. I was thinking about warmth too. I was in my winter half-coveralls, wool hat, gloves, and vest. Man it was cold....She ate her morning feed while I brought her bucket inside to defrost. A good half-inch of ice set on top of it, even inside the barn. But despite the cold she was alert, warm, and frostbite free.

A happy pig, that.


Blogger daisy said...

I'm amazed at how much you have learned about critters in the last few years. Lucky pig!

December 9, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Casie said...

That'll do pig.

Sorry, but I couldn't resist that one! lol She is such a cutie!!

MMmmm bacon!

December 9, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

our pigs have just gone the way of all pigs and will be back with us tomorrow by way of rather a lot of pork.
About to learn how to make ham and bacon!

December 9, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I need to look into the heat-lamp thing. Here in Tallahassee we're shivering our way through the week;
20's at night...40's during the day. Monday morning they're predicting 11 degrees. In Florida. I'm grateful for my Yankee raising. It enables me to feel superior as I shiver my way to the car. Might hafta get out the Big Dawg on Monday though--fiber-filled ski jacket. Thank God for warm fires and kitties to sleep with.

December 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
OpenID littlerockyridgebarn said...

I don't normally like pigs, but she's cute!

-Autumn @ littlerockyridgebarn

December 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Mare said...

What a face....

December 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger GirlSavorsLife said...

Have you ever read the book, "The Good, Good Pig" by Sy Montgomery? If not, it's a hoot to read about a pig's life. ;)

December 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

@Maggie - you're cracking me up. As a northern transplant to Texas, I often find myself feeling "winter superiority" too. But it doesn't stop me from shivering. :) want pig. Bad.

December 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger GirlSavorsLife said...

This isn't really about the post, and I've tried doing a back-search, but what was the video series you said you liked Jenna? Frontier Life by PBS? I know a couple people echoed that sentiment, and I thought it might make a fun series for the holidays.


December 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

brrrrr. are her ears/feet/tail staying fairly warm upon morning inspection?

i bet she'd love another pig to spoon with, in single digits it would be much appreciated and certainly worth the cost of another mouth to feed. perhaps set up a "pig CSA" to help with the costs of an additional pig upfront? its hard to see social animals in isolation.

December 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger jules said...

Have you given her a name yet? She is very cute.

December 9, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Gosh. Can't believe how quickly they grow. I'm getting a serious hankering for pulled pork right now. Hmmm. I need to find a local grower.

December 9, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Jenna- since she's a she, are you going to breed her and have more piggies? Just curious.

She is cute but man, pork is tasty!

December 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Whoa, that pig has gotten big fast! What are you feeding her? I am going to be getting 2 in a few weeks. I want them to be huge in 4 months. I don't want to keep them longer than that. They are too scary! And they get hungrier!

December 9, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Brrrr, sounds very cold. I bet Gibson is glad to be inside! I sure wish I had some sheep to herd like in that slide show of his father. That would be fun! All I have are three cats and a brother and sister dog and none of them like it when I try to herd them around.

December 9, 2010 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Maybe you need to knit that pig a nice warm sweater?

December 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

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