Hey, don’t take our hay!

The pigs are up to mischief on the farm… the pigs are pretty much always up to mischief. We have finally gotten to the point where the pigs and alpacas enjoy each other. They aren’t snuggling or anything but you can find everyone in the barn together.

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You’ve got a friend in me!

The alpacas eat hay for the majority of their diet. The pigs do not eat hay, at all. They steel hay. Well, Melvin has decided he is going to steel hay. Although everyone hangs out in the barn, the pigs do have their own little piggy hut that they sleep in. There is tons of hay in their hut so they can snuggle in and burrow while they sleep, pigs get cold ya know. Melvin has taken it upon himself to make sure that his home is top notch, the envy of all pigs, and super plush with hay. So, he steels hay from the alpaca barn and walks it all the way across the barnyard to his house.

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I think this house needs more hay and less ripped up blanket…

He takes the hay that the alpacas have pulled out and left on the ground, it really is up for grabs I suppose.

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I will build my house of hay

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It’s a long way back to my house!

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Home sweet home

He is awfully cute with that mouth full of hay. One of the three little pigs did build their house of hay…. I suppose Melvin is that little pig. At least he takes pride in his piggy home.

Pirate pigs… Arrrghh

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Buried treasure, ARRRGH!


I realized the other day that I hadn’t posted anything on the blog since February, AHH! I have lots of posts to catch up on because there has been a lot going on around the farm. The pigs have been busy little guys these days. Lately I have a hard time deciding whether the pigs are saying oink or arrrgh. Let me explain.

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Did someone say treasure?

Sherman and Melvin’s daily activities

1. Eat: Melvin and Sherman don’t mess around about their food, they love it and sequel when the meals are late.

2. Sleep: Nothing is better than a pig nap in the sun.

3. Rooting: Pigs root. A Lot.

So, let’s talk about number 3… ROOTING. Our pigs have basically rooted up the entire barnyard. If they aren’t sleeping, they have their cute little pig noses in the dirt scooping like little shovels.

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In the process of rooting up the yard, these little piggies have found tons of treasures. Now, I don’t consider them treasures, but to the pigs this stuff is better than pirate gold. When we moved into this house about 5 years ago we knew that the previous owners had been here for a long time, but we had no idea there were so many things to find under the dirt. Every time they dig something up we add it to “the pig pile.” The pig pile lives right outside the pig pen and serves as a little area for us to examine all of their finds.

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The famous pig pile

The current pig pile contents:

Baby powder bottle

Hammer head


Deflated basket ball

Lead pipe



Wood beam


Paint brush

Flag stand

Crow bar

Insulation foam

Broken T-posts


Bottle caps

Wire spool

Bungee cord

Metal stake


That’s a lot of pig treasure. So you see, my pigs must be part pirate because they are constantly finding buried treasure. We will just have to see what they will find next.

Happy Snow Day – 2015

When it snows here in the south, its a BIG DEAL! Schools close, nobody goes in to work, and the grocery stores are sold out of bread, eggs, and milk. So, when we have a snow day here at Yankee Belle Farm, its always special. Here’s a quick video of our most recent snow day, where we take some time to hang out with our animals and enjoy this special occasion.