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Pigs tend to be very hardy animals; however, they aren’t completely immune to all ailments, especially as babies. Baby pigs, or piglets, are much more susceptible to disease and injury than mature pigs. So how do we prevent illness in piglets and how do we care for them when they get sick?

Recognizing Illness in Your Piglet

Observing your piglet and learning how it behaves normally is the first step to ensuring you keep him or her healthy. Piglets are a lot like puppies. They will take frequent naps, but they also love to play and wrestle. They also LOVE to eat.

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We’re approaching the anniversary of Hurricane Irma, which makes me think more about what I should be doing to be more prepared for a hurricane.

August and September are the most volatile months of hurricane season. ​​This is typically when we see more hurricanes as well as more powerful hurricanes. The most historic hurricanes have happened in August and September.

Granted, most of you do not live in hurricane country, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. For you, August and September signify the end of summer. That means winter is just around the corner, and your own preparedness concerns will be here before you know it.

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I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed raising ducks. My experience with ducks was extremely limited growing up. I had one neighbor who kept them, but they weren’t very friendly and he kept them locked in a horse stall their entire lives. They were not an animal I ever really desired to keep. Then several of my local homesteading friends started getting ducks. If you don’t already know this, homesteading friends are enablers. They will not only convince you that another animal is a good idea, but that it’s easy. Having kids who love animals doesn’t help either.

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October doesn’t look like it has much going on, but there are still a lot of seeds that you can plant this month. I’ve recently discovered Mary’s Heirloom Seeds, and she provides some very good month-to-month planting guides specific to Florida. As you can see from her guide, you can still start lettuces, herbs, and flowers this month. You can also transplant tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant as long as the plants are big enough. Transplanting after this point could delay your harvest and mean less yield in the long run.

I wouldn’t recommend transplanting carrots as they really don’t like having their roots disturbed or damaged.

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