Saturday, January 29, 2011

Piglets in the Sun (At Last!)

We've had three litters of American Guinea hog piglets born in the last two weeks, but I've been waiting (and waiting, and waiting!) to post about them until I could get some photos.

My camera does a terrible job at dimly lit indoor photos, so as long as the piglets stayed in their snug nests in the barn, all I could capture were photos of little black blurry things.  And with the weather featuring a lot of cold temperatures, chilling winds, and freezing rain in the past couple of weeks, the piglets and their moms seemed determined to stay inside until spring.

Now, with nicer weather and a little encouragement to the sows (namely, moving their food and water dishes outside, so they could no longer depend on me providing indoor room service), our pig families are finally starting to venture out into the sunshine.

Which means... PHOTO TIME!  :-)

They are mostly hanging out right next to the barn door because in addition to plentiful sunshine, there's a lovely soft, warm pile of waste wool leftover from sheep shearing.  I should have raked it up long before this, but the pigs enjoy napping on it so much, I decided to leave it until spring.  It's only going to be used to mulch the garden anyway, so there's no harm in waiting.


  













10 comments:

Jennifer said...

So adorable! For a second I thought you had one with a blond stripe - then I remembered your livestock pen.

Heidi H said...

Love all the babies! They are too cute.

Nancy Chase said...

Jennifer: Yes, thanks to the livestock marking crayons, the piglets all have yellow, red, or hot pink stripes. So fashionable! :-)

Anonymous said...

These guys are the cutest thing I've seen all day! I've been waiting for pics too - so thank you! And what lucky little piggies to have wool for their nests (right?) Laurie

BaileyGirl5 said...

:)

Nancy K. said...

Wonderful pictures of adorable piglets! Congratulations! How many do you have all together?

My two gilts spent their first night in the barn last night. They've been living in my garage but they managed to get out of their pen, so I decided that it was time they made the move...

Nancy Chase said...

Nancy K.: We have 20 piglets at the moment (3 litters of 9, 7, and 4). We have another sow who is supposed to be due, but she's not looking very pregnant, so it seems she must have bred later than the time I witnessed. I'm also considering the purchase of two more pregnant sows, so that could bring us another two litters within the next couple of months. So many piglets!

Good luck with yours!

Sarah Rachele said...

Hey neighbor, they are so cute! Great photos. :)

Hopeful said...

i don't have words for how cute those rascals are!!! thanks so much for sharing.

V.R. Leavitt said...

Too too adorable!! Great pictures, Nancy. :-)