Wow! Look at Scruffy's wildflowers! I almost lost them during the cold snap last week, but I was able to get them inside where it was warm. I put them in the window so they could get the warmth and light from the sun. It's nice out again, so they're back outside and doing well. I'm glad I planted them in those pots instead of the ground.
- Supporter in 2020
Scruffy is lucky to have all those wildflowers. I planted leaf lettuce but it's taking its time getting large enough to harvest.
BJ is another story entirely. He'll eat carrots, but it takes him all day to nibble down 2 small baby carrots. Same with a quarter celery stick and a chunk of cucumber. He will not eat the middle part where the seeds are, so I cut that part out. He'll also nibble on green leaf lettuce, but no other variety. His main source of food is hay and pellets. He's maintaining his 3.4 lbs of body weight on that. He'd eat a whole cup of pellets if I let him, but I only give him an eighth of a cup per day. There's always hay for him to munch; as much as he wants. Won't even sniff at bell peppers of any color.
The newbies are not picky at all other than Oreo and cucumber. He won't eat that, or bell peppers. The girls don't like bell pepper either. I try to get all of them outside at least twice a week to eat their fill of grass. Oreo, Ginger and MaryAnn don't eat much. That's only because they are still not quite accustomed to being out there. They'll eat as much as I give them if I pick it and bring it to them in their cages. The 4 boys have no problem eating outside until they get their fill.
None of the other guys will drink their water with the drops in them, but they all get plenty of vitamin c from their bell pepper. Between Mr Bubbles, Sammy and Dean they get a whole one every day. That's in addition to the unlimited hay and eighth cup of pellets. The 4 of them go through an entire full sized bale of hay every couple of months or so. With the addition of the 3 rescue piggies, who all eat lots of it, I expect to go through a bale per month.
I've been getting an occasional strawberry or two from the plants I have. Sammy and Dean are the only ones who will eat those. It's only one or two every week, so they're not getting too much sugar from them. There were enough beet greens to get a couple of feedings out of. Mr Bubbles really enjoyed them. Funny how he won't touch the store bought ones, but will devour the ones I grow. I'm kinda flattered! I really like growing veggies for the piggies. Too bad I can't get the lettuce to grow. I might try tomatoes next year, although I've never had much luck with them.
I had a terrible flashback to the ordeal with Scruffy and got a sick feeling in my stomach. I was thinking the worst and I started really hating 2020 more than I already do. I know that Mr Bubbles is starting to get up there in age and that he's not going to live forever, but he still has plenty of time and life to live. I'm not ready to lose him and definitely not the same way I lost Scruffy. 2020 has been bad enough without losing my best piggy and little buddy.
Once I started looking into this, I realized that he had made short work of the lettuce he gets to go with the bell pepper. I gave him a bit of cilantro and he ate that right away. Same with every other veggie and his grass. Man, does that little guy love his grass. His water, hay and pellet intake is normal. His urine and feces output hasn't changed either. He's not showing any physical signs of illness; no tenderness in his abdomen, no discharge from his eyes or nose. His activity level hasn't declined at all. He still runs up to greet me with a squeak and a cage nibble. He also jumps into my arms when I reach for him and once I pick him up, he still nestles under my chin and purrs for me.
So I guess it turns out that he's just tired of bell pepper. That's understandable considering he's had them virtually every day for the last 4 years. I'm giving him a couple of days break from them and giving him carrots and cucumber on alternating days to go with his lettuce.