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.
After building her nest we all went to bed and the next morning she had done her work.
After being born young pigs immediately find a teat and begin to nurse. They are amazingly ready to cope right out of the womb.
For the next six weeks the mama’s job is to make milk and the babies’ job is to eat and grow!