Pepé puppy is the biggest of the current litter at nearly twice the size of his litter mates Kiva and Kira. I doubt he’ll be as big as Hagrid our half giant but he’ll probably be Saturn’s size. Right now he is a bundle of energy playing with strings, bones, sticks and siblings. He has similar markings to Saturn who guards our pigs and Kahlil who is now with Joan in Mass except that they have brown where he has black. Currently his ears are still down but they should soon be erect. Like the rest of his pack he has the double fur coat that will keep him warm come winter and a bushy tail. Think snow dogs and sledding, racing across crystal mornings, rolling in snow banks…
This morning Bear Pig did not come to greet me. Nor did Archimedes the boar. Bear has been looking quite heavy, bagged up, her teats have enlarged and her vulva was swollen and pink the last three days so I was not too surprised she didn’t show this morning. Holly and I went out for a fence checking walk to the far side of the fields to see what we could find. Down in the hollow at the end was the boar keeping Bear company along with her new piglets. She only had three piglets at that point, which is a very small litter, but it looked like she may well not be done. No sign of afterbirth yet. There could be more piglets by this evening when I check her again. For now I spread a bale of hay around her and gave her a good scratching which she appreciated.
With her giving birth this brings our farrow rate up to 100% for this year. She is very late, more than a month past the other sows and this is her first litter. If she hadn’t farrowed by the end of November she would have gone to the butcher. At this point since we have the room so I’ll keep her through another farrowing to see if she does any better but I probably won’t keep her daughters for breeding. Additionally she is a bit on the chuffy side and more skitterish than others although that may change for the better now that she has birthed. Having piglets often settles a sow down.
“Learn to surf the waves of change.” -Will Jeffries
Night: 44°F, Day 51°F, Overcast am, Rain 2.5″ pm with high winds