We were blessed with a beautiful litter of piglets two weeks ago. Clover started nesting right on her due date, carrying all the hay she could find into a big tall pile, the mashing it down and creating a perfect nest. She started laboring in the late afternoon/evening and had the first piglet at 7:45. They came flying out for the next hour and a half, I think we had about 8 in that short amount of time! Then there was a bit of a pause, then a couple more and the placentas were delivered. All the babies start nursing on their own, though we gave a couple a little toweling off. Newborn pigs are quite amazing, they stand up within a couple minutes and walk over to the milk bar, eyes open and mouths hungry. All was said and done by 10:30 PM, 10 happy piglets! Sadly, we lost one at a few days of age, which with pigs is not super unusual. Clover was getting a little worn down and not getting enough to eat or drink and I think she accidentally stepped on the poor little guy. He was the smallest male and although it’s quite sad, the others are thriving and growing. Most importantly, it brought to my attention that Clover wasn’t in the best shape and I was able to get her feed adjusted and get her hydrated and she turned right around.
Now, on to the best part – PHOTOS!
First piglet just born:
A few more, just out and getting some milk:
Sleeping under the heat lamps a few days old:
Two weeks old:
And finally, this photo sums up why we do what we do. Look at Clover’s happy face: