Blue Lady, one of our sows, chose a steep hillside nesting space to birth this past week. She along with four other sows farrowed in this lovely warm weather. Two of the five chose steep hillsides, something of which we have plenty. She does have the benefit of the small trees but it is still not a good choice. Piglets wander or roll all too easily downhill from the nest and don’t easily return. Thus the low corral of wood that we placed around her. Now piglets stop at that boundary and are more likely to return to her. It works – none were lost with the corral in place. Better would be if she had farrowed where Out, Flip and Shortnose did on more level parts of the pasture. Being that our farm land is so steep it can be a challenge to make sure the sows always farrow in good places.
Outdoors: 74째F/46째F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 65째F/55째F