Busy times continue at Cocobeach.
Lat week we took a little dip in egg numbers but it back up today. I am currently selling everything I can hatch so I dont want an unseasonal molt.
The new duck quarters are being built. We had a fence jumper swipe scovie eggs so the ducks are being relocated off the fence. i still want to run a couple of strands hooked up to a Gallagher energizer but I get voted down. If it keeps up I will get Dodong a shotgun and license.
Some maintenance on the piggery is complete. The floors in one tankal were resurfaced and the conrete tiles for the third farrowing pen are installed, We have 2 pigs due 1st week of March and one during the 3rd week.
The original male piglet we kept to study growth rates on is nearing slaughter size. We are about 5% behind the US average in weight for age but still within norm. He will be sold in 3 weeks. His sister is a kilo or 2 bigger which puts her right on the money. I am very happy as she is pure landrace and the best growers seem to be hybrids. I am hoping she will produce above normal growers.
The mama of the 2 pigs is having Large White/Landrace piglets in 3.5 weeks. She and one of the gilts got their pre-farrow vaccinations Strep Shield and Pili Shield to prevent newborn scours
Ariel has collected about 3 cubic meters of leaves and twigs as well as about 0.5 cubic meters of carabau poop. They will be added to current compost cubicle.
Mrs Oz has started 100 "manila tamarind", known as Kamonsil locally (Pithecellobium dulce) is a very thorny tree that can be used as a living fence. Its also a good legume that makes great ruminant feed. A hedge made of Kamonsil should deter future fence jumpers.
Chabi the goat is doing well. He received a worming treatment and CD/T vaccine yesterday.
He is not used to being handled and uses his horns to try and tell you he is boss. Its amazing how effective a squirt bottle is a taming a goat. 2 shots at the eyes and ears and he comes to a complete standstill.