We were nervous yesterday when we found a piglet dead and ripped apart in the field.
We knew it had to be California’s and we were disappointed she had abandoned it.
This concern deepened when we found a live piglet abandoned.
She wasn’t fully developed and died shortly.
This morning I combed the field to find any evidence of birth but came up empty.
We began making arrangements for “Bad-Mama Sausage” out of the sow,
thinking she had eaten her piglets like she did back in March
during the snow storm farrowing.
But another check a bit later showed she was building a nest.
Gronkle has proven to be a good mother,
and she was already entrenched in her birthing bed.
While Gronkle showed her rank and displeasure to curious younger pigs,
she welcomed California.
After several checks, Dave called us out around 3:30 to view the first two good piglets born one to each mother minutes apart.
Mostly, they took turns shooting out the babies,
and by 7:30 the last piglet and afterbirth slipped from each.
That’s the story, but I want to show you even more pictures.
17 piglets in all. 9 female and 8 male.
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