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June 21, 2010

New Mama

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Last Wednesday one of our young gilts delivered her first litter of pigs.  8 of 10 made it through the process – not bad for a first timer.  One of the most interesting things to me is the instinctive nest building behavior that hogs perform prior to farrowing.  Even though our new mom-to-be had a hut full of fresh straw she proceeded to uproot a massive amount of grass from her pen to build her nest.

A bit of nervous energy may have fueled this housing bubble

A bit of nervous energy may have fueled this housing bubble

Is this a door or a nest?

Is this a door or a nest?

After building her nest we all went to bed and the next morning she had done her work.

Learning how to not step on/be stepped on can take a day or two

Learning how to not step on/be stepped on can take a day or two

After being born young pigs immediately find a teat and begin to nurse.  They are amazingly ready to cope right out of the womb.

Finally, a little bit of sun!

Finally, a little bit of sun!

For the next six weeks the mama’s job is to make milk and the babies’ job is to eat and grow!

All hands on Deck!

All hands on Deck!

1 Comment »

  1. What a great photo of all the piglets nursing!

    We just had the fava beans I bought on Saturday and they were quite yummy. :-)

    Comment by Jesica — July 19, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

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