Sunday, December 27, 2009
Old Mc Brian had a farm E-I-E-I-O My!
...and on his farm he had some pigs. Lots of pigs.
We now have what I call families of pigs. I guess the proper term would be "breeding groups", but that sounds sort of cold and sterile. Besides they are families. Each piggy family has a Daddy (Boar) and several mommies (sows) with their babies (piglets).
Each family has it's own pasture and it's own house. We give the pigs leaves and hay to build a nest in their house. When the nights are cold the adult hogs lay down so that they form a warm "wall" around the piglets who all pile up in the middle.
On a frosty morning you can actually see the steam rising off of the pig pile.
These are our Red Wattle families:
Arthur Gertrude, Petunia and Babe
Atlas Jewel & Gilta
Trailblazer Muddy Dove & Morning Star
Homer Jenna, Joyce, Slim
Right now Grass Dancer is with Homer's family but she doesn't too happy there so she will be moving to Atlas's family soon.
We also have one pasture with all the weaner pigs in it.
As soon as the barn is completed all of the sows will move to the barn until spring.