The little piglets are growing well. They will be leaving to their new home next Saturday.
I will likely separate them from their mom come Wednesday. To give them a few days to get used to being on their own. Before they leave.
Cracks me up they still sleep in a big pig pile. That’s all 7 of them!! You’d think that’d be uncomfortable. Ha! This picture waa taken today.
This next picture was shortly after they were born(4 weeks ago). To show they have a thing for snuggling.
Also looks like outta the 7 I only got one girl. Also known as a gilt. She looks just like her mommy.
I got them moved over to the other side of the pig barn so I could clean the side they had been on. This also gives me the ability to move the piglets to a separate spot from mom. But still inside the pig barn.
This was my attempt at getting a picture of them all. As you count you’ll see I’m missing one and some are blurry. They aren’t very cooperative subjects, for picture taking.
I find piglets so cute. I’ve had a love for pigs since I was 7. When my family got our first pig. Miss Piggy. She was suppose to just be raised to eat. So should’ve had her for say 6 months. We had her for 3 years.
She was my pet. She’d follow me every where, I even sat on her back. I loved that pig.
She led me to raising pigs. Since her I’ve raised pigs off and on my entire life. Since moving to this farm though. It was the first time I finally owned and bred my own pigs. Usually I just bought feeder pigs to raise up and butcher. Or id plan to breed but never did.
I don’t find the older pigs as cute as I once did. I use to not have any fear of them, And their massive size and strength. But we had a incdient when trying to castrate the male piglets. The sows became very aggressive. Scary aggressive. I’d never seen this before. But I had never been this far into the pig farming.
I now have a new respect for them. I understood why they reacted the way they did I’d do the same for my young. I couldn’t fault them for that.
I feel it was a good eye opener for myself. Because I do believe I put myself in harm’s way to many times. Now I’m more cautious. Which is not a bad thing.
I won’t go in with my older pigs without a way to get out quickly. Or to keep them from crowding my space.
I don’t allow kids in my pig barn unless accompanied by an adult. Which is wise regardless of the animal.
But with all that said. I do enjoy raising my pigs. I take pride in selling their piglets. And having regular customers that anticipate the next litters. To raise pigs people enjoy. Who acknowledge the work involved and the great breed that I own. It means a lot.
Our next litter is due September. Then no breeding till January. For either sow. We all need a break. This will also allow me time to redo pens.
So stay tuned. As there will be more pig news in the months to come.