Hope & Double-Stuff Piglets


Hope & Piglets

A piglet fix for those in need. Hope, pictured above in the psychedelic shirt, is petting piglets in the south field shed greenhouse. These are some of Double-Stuff’s piglets. Double stuff looks like Oreo but a bit more white. Oreo looks like, well, and Oreo but brown on the ends.

Petting piglets is important as it tames them. Out on pasture in the summer they get little human contact since they might be thousands of feet away in the brush of the fields. Those born during the winter and spring get more interaction with us as they spend the colder weather closer in to the house using the open sheds and greenhouses when they want.

Outdoors: 75°F/50°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/67°F

Daily Spark: Ursine cloning, bears repeating.

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6 Responses to Hope & Double-Stuff Piglets

  1. Paul Gotte says:

    Pigs are one of the greatest creatures that God created.

  2. Sheila Z says:

    The striped piglets coloration is amazing. Feral throwback crossed with what? It’s coat is wild looking.

  3. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    The lengthwise stripes of one of those piglets look like the markings of feral piglets I used to see in Santa Barbara’s backcountry when I was a boy spending my weekends living off rod and rifle there. They were many colors, but at an early age the stripes were the most common markings. Someone told me once that the reversion to that marking pattern was almost universal in feral pig young within three generations of wild living.

    Have you seen the National Geographic March 2011 article about the domestication of foxes (and some other critters) by Russian researchers? They are talking about a “domestication syndrome”. I see interesting links to your program of selecting for gentleness and safe human interaction. Of course, your selection process involves litter size and survival, growth rate, longetvity of breeding, and other factors, making your program a lot less simplistic than theirs. Still, intersting.

    • I have heard of the Russian fox domestication research. Interesting stuff. I’ve not seen the Nat Geo article of this year. At times we have had a subscription but not right now. It’s a great magazine.

      On the stripes, I’ve heard to that it is a sign of older color genetics (i.e., feral genes). The stripes rapidly fade as the piglet ages. In another few weeks they’ll likely be gone.

      • Farmerbob1 says:

        From what I’ve read the stripes are camouflage patterns which serve to break up the outlines of young prey animals like deer and swine. Most predators that use vision as a hunting sense see movement first, shapes second. Young prey animals go motionless when they detect a strange animal nearby. This leaves predators to detect them by scent (which is sometimes difficult as very young prey animals frequently have little scent) or by seeing a prey-shaped outline.

        It would make sense that solid-colored feral piglets would be predated first in the wild, because they are easier to see, leaving future generations more likely to express camouflage patterns.

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