We are always looking for ways to improve our animals' lives.
A project I have been thinking about lately was adding a gate to the back fence of the pig yard.
The pig yard is situated beside our large front pasture.
Adding a gate would give the pigs the ability to graze in that pasture
in the late summer when they have over-grazed their own yard.
Hubbs took a vacation day yesterday and so we had the time to do this project.
I suggested that after installing the new gate, we just remove the bottom two
boards of the fence.
This would allow enough height for the pigs to come and go,
but still maintain the strength of the fence...
adding a fail-safe should someone forget to lock the gate.
This way the horses cannot escape the pasture via this particular gate.
We have plenty of access for vehicles through other gates,
so this gate will only be used for small livestock.
The pigs didn't need much convincing to investigate the front pasture,
although Ginger got a little confused with the new gate.
Hubbs showed her the way, and she quickly ventured out.
It didn't take them long to realize what great grazing lands they had just been given,
and they proceeded to investigate the entire perimeter of the pasture.
The horses were quite riveted to the sight of the pigs in their pasture.
The donkeys were on high alert.
I call this their unicorn impersonation.
They stood with ears facing front for several minutes,
then jumped back and ran around their yard as though they lost their minds.
Daphne and Chloe both completely evacuated their colons...
leaving trails of diarrhea all around their yard.
The pigs had literally scared the sh*# out of the donkeys!
It is my opinion that the pigs are quite happy with their new-found freedom!
(And their new-found food!)
The donkeys? They'll adjust.
As for me... the rest of my day was spent doing this...