I feel like there’s so much to catch y’all up on. Here’s one of those things. A couple of Saturday’s ago Olivia came in from feeding pigs and said, “Um, we have baby pigs?”
You might remember the disasterous farrowings we had last spring. We kept 2 of those 3 gilts and gave them another chance. And I’m so happy to report that things went so much better this time. We weren’t quite expecting the first litter yet, but this is the gilt that didn’t raise a litter. So she was ready to go, so to speak, whereas the other gilt had to dry up first. She should be farrowing within the next week or so. Evidently Oliver got his job done quite expeditiously.
So she farrowed, with nighttime temps in the 40′s, no heat lamp, no creep area. On top of it, she had a bum foot which made it hard for her to get up and down. And yet she only layed on 1 pig (the litter was originally 10). And the rest of the pigs have thrived beautifully.
The piglets are at that fun age now, where they’re small enough to fit through holes in the gate and explore the farm. The chickens like to hang out with them in their pen.
Of course every new mom deserves a spa day once in a while. A mud bath hits the spot.