The waiting is killing me. I have four pregnant Guinea hog sows, all supposedly due to farrow within the month, and no reliable due dates on any of them. Clearly it's time for a game of "Guess the Piglets"!
Tell me in the comments to this post which sow you think will farrow first and what on what date. Anyone who is correct will be allowed to name one of the piglets!
Here are the contestants (all photos taken today):
Circe: She was supposed to be due on December 31, but she seems to have gotten pregnant on the following cycle, not the one when I saw her bred. Which would mean that her new due date should be about 3 weeks later, or sometime around January 21. This will be her first litter. She is fat and uncomfortable, and has some udder development. She declined to get up for her photo shoot, opting instead for the "I'm so uncomfortable, look at my belly" angle.
Thyme: One of the new sows. We have no expected due date for her, but with the amount of udder development she has (almost dragging on the ground), she's clearly due fairly soon. Her previous litter was born 7/28/10, and she was with the boar the entire time since then, so it would make sense that she would be due sometime this month.
Rosemary: One of the new sows. We have no expected due date for her. Her udder development is almost as far along as Thyme's, so she's also likely to be due fairly soon. Her previous litter was born 7/11/10, and she was with the boar the entire time since then, so it would make sense that she would be due sometime this month.
Cerridwen: She is supposed to be due about February 1, but now that the date is nearly here she doesn't look far enough along to be due that soon. She's the only one of the sows who is not fat and sluggish, but is instead quite active. She has a little bit of a belly, but not really any noticeable udder development. Maybe she's due on the next cycle, 3 weeks later?
Let's hear yours guesses!