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WE HAVE PIGLETS!!!!

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I am sitting at the computer now with one in my bra. It had worked its way between the pen and the straw bales. It was very cold but still breathing. It's warming up and perking up a little bit. Wish him/her luck!


With this piggy there are 5. All pink but one.




UPDATE:

The 5th piglet was perking up so I took it out to see if it could nurse. Sasha decided it was time for her postpartum meal. So, I waited. The piglet was climbing my shoulder. I had to leave to put my sick boy and 2 yr old to bed, so I put it in with brothers and sisters and told Julian to watch. Make sure Sasha went back into the hut and when she did to make sure this one nursed. I was gone 15 minutes. When I got back Sasha had just returned, the other 4 were making their way over to nurse and cuddle, but this one was nowhere to be found!

We dug for a half hour. FINALLY I found it. It was cold, and too weak to nurse. I brought it back in and this time put it in a hot sink of water (fastest way to raise the body temp of a cold baby). Eva is in there holding it in the water now. It's warming up, but it will be a long night for this little piggy. Julian warmed up some frozen goat's milk and we've given it a few drops. It swallows it. I told the kids they might have to take shifts to feed it tonight (I don't know the feeding schedule of piglets, yet) and take tomorrow off school. Eva squealed at the thought!Keep those fingers crossed!


UPDATE:

He didn't make it. Fingers still crossed the others keep doing well through the night.


UPDATE:

All alive and kickin'! Sasha did a wonderful job and they are all strong and squealing! And... ALL GIRLS! Now I don't have to make the terrible decision to castrate or not. Whew!

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3 Comments

Reply dave
12:54 PM on March 17, 2013 
how much meat do you get from a potbelly pig
Reply ★ Owner
10:29 PM on March 17, 2013 
dave says...
how much meat do you get from a potbelly pig

Well, we've not butchered any yet, and it apparently varies by the size, but it's supposed to be about 50 lbs per pig. Now, if you use hocks and shanks and jowls, etc, like we will, that's on top of the 50 lbs. Plus the lard for year-round healthy cooking and it's a good investment for a family our size that feeds them just hay/grass (pastured pork) and our leftovers from the day (and goat's milk once we start milking). Other than the hay over winter, it's totally free.
Reply ★ Owner
10:36 PM on March 17, 2013 
Jessica Hudson says...
Well, we've not butchered any yet, and it apparently varies by the size, but it's supposed to be about 50 lbs per pig. Now, if you use hocks and shanks and jowls, etc, like we will, that's on top of the 50 lbs. Plus the lard for year-round healthy cooking and it's a good investment for a family our size that feeds them just hay/grass (pastured pork) and our leftovers from the day (and goat's milk once we start milking). Other than the hay over winter, it's totally free.

Oh, and they typically have 2 litters per year, so if she had 5 live piglets each time we could end up with 500 lbs of pork, plus the goodies, lard, etc.