16 Piglets – A Cohort of Many Colors
With so many sows one would think that there would be piglets born every few days. There aren’t. Rather the sows cluster weeks of lots of piglets being born and then a span of no new piglets. This is the start of a birthing time. In addition to Torn’s 16 above there is another sow in the north herd who had thirteen and many smaller litters from new gilts. Big Red, Quartermane and other of the experienced sows look like they’ll follow Torn soon.
Now with the warm fall weather it is a good time to have babies. By the time cold weather really hits these piglets will be big enough to handle winter. Pigs grow fast. In just six months they’ll go from a couple of pounds to 250 lbs. As fall pigs they’ll know all the seasons, the warm pastures which die back gradually to gold and then the start of winter as the snows deepen. For some pigs there is just eternal summer with lush pastures or eternal winter snows in years when we have six months of snow. Hay is the only reminder of summer pastures along with the dirt I scoop out of the hole in the mountain.
But for now the days are the glory of fall and the hills are alive with guntgorian chanting as the sows nurse their new litters.
Outdoors: 71째F/52째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 72째F/63째F