Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Birth Announcement

Our sow, Maya, gave birth to 9 piglets last night, unaided on pasture. She's such a good homestead hog—I really couldn't ask for more. There are a couple of small ones, but all were up and walking around this morning and look to be strong and vigorous. Big Boy, our boar, is in with them and seems to be handling it all in stride, keeping an eye on everything but not being aggressive toward the piglets or aggressive toward us.




22 comments:

Woody said...

Congrats on the new additions...

el said...

Congratulations Maya! What a good girl, making all that bacon for you. Pig-ranching is on our list of wanna-dos so one day I am definitely going to pick your brain, especially on your fencing. Yay.

Alex Polikowsky said...

Too cute!! Don't you just love piglets! They are so cute you want to eat them...hey....not literally ....yet......
Congratulations on the new additions!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! What sweet little things.

Some day...

jenny said...

We went to the county fair last week and made a point to see all the cows, pigs, goats and sheep. My 2d girl was scared to go into the holding area where the pigs were because of all the snorting they do, so I had to carry her, but we fell in love with some of those pigs! Congrats to Maya!

How do you choose which piglet to butcher later on, when they are all so cute?

Wendy said...

That's awesome! Congratulations :).

Christy said...

Oh, how awesome! They are adorable. If we ever move maybe I can buy a couple.

Country Girl said...

They are cute as ever! I would like to do that in the future. We have 2 piglets now but they will be heading to the freezer hopefully before January.

Carolyn said...

Oh my gosh.....they are so cute!! Keep the pictures coming!

Maybe you could pack one up in my package....LOL...Ha Ha!

Woolysheep said...

Great News! 9...marvelous bounty. I was wondering what breed they are. Please update us on their care and harvesting. I don't know much about raising pigs but would love to hear about it.

Jenny said...

OMG those are prolific little critters aren't they? Congratulations!

annetteinalaska said...

Interesting juxtaposition, this post and your husband's current one. ;-)

Danielle said...

Thanks for the well wishes and congrats.

We lost the runt, but that will happen. So far, so good, but we had rain last night, so we'll see how they fared with morning chores.

Jenny, choosing isn't hard because they will all be food, unless we sell some to others as breeding stock.

Annette, not really a juxtaposition, just life on a farm.

We probably won't feed any of these out, as we should have enough meat/ large cuts from the first litter. We'll butcher these small before they take a toll on the pastures or our pocket book. The pigs are eating us out of house and home, and with the prices of organic feed, we can't afford to feed out two rounds of piglets.

Besides, piglet is incredibly moist, tasty, and tender. It's like veal but without the cruelty.

annetteinalaska said...

Maybe "juxtaposition" wasn't the best word choice. I didn't mean to lend a negative connotation.

I had a silly reaction. Like at a movie when you, in the audience, know something the lead doesn't. Or like right before cartoon turkeys find out what Thanksgiving Day means for them.

Que dramatic music!

Nita said...

Nice pigs, good job Maya (and to you and Jim) My brother raised Tamworths and he always thought they were the easiest and smartest pigs to raise.

I'm going to be glad when our pigs are gone this year - not living in a grain growing area is making the price of feed horrendous. I don't think we could make pigs pay here even if I was milking more than one cow.

Verde said...

Wow, I know nothing about raising pigs. They look healthy - congratulations.

tansy said...

awww! they are adorable!

Farmchick said...

ohhhhhhhhhhh I just love little piggies...they are so cute! I have been blog hopping and found my wya to you. I enjoyed reading your blog...stop in and visit me sometime--make sure you leave a comment so I know you were there!

Grammy said...

How wonderful it is to have so many. How old are they when they start eating on there own?

Maggie said...

Where did Danielle go? I miss your posts!

underthebigbluesky said...

They are absolutely gorgeous! Congrats!

Michelle said...

Oh I love pigs!
We are looking at getting a couple of Wessex Saddlebacks.
and I would also love to know about your pig fencing solutions!!
Cheers
Michelle