Sow & Piglets Snoozing


Sow and Piglets Snoozing

This is Curlty snoozing with her piglets in the corner of the far south field under the shade of the trees.

Today we laid the PEX tubing and welded wire mesh in floor heating under the freezer, chiller and brine rooms so we can pour those sub-floors when we do our next concrete pour. I use the word heating loosely. These tubes will carry low temperature anti-freeze to prevent excess cold from traveling too deeply into the slab.

This way if my temperature probes and check points report that we’re developing perma-frost I can move the coolth out to the chiller and warm the slab under the sub-freezing zones back up to remove any icing. The conductivity of the concrete may make this unnecessary but it is a cheap precaution that prevents future problems and allows us to recycle escaping coolth.

Outdoors: 74°F/44°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 72°F/68°F

Daily Spark: “If a man is hungry and can’t get to a fancy French restaurant, he’ll go to a hot dog stand.” -Joan Fontaine.

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6 Responses to Sow & Piglets Snoozing

  1. David lloyd sutton says:

    Walter, I see what appears to be a three strand electric fence behind that comfy looking family. Why three strands, why no piglet-height strand (I know vegetation would make that a regular chore), and is that a perimeter or an internal barrier? Looks like pristine woods behind.
    Fourteen in that litter? Impressive! Congratulations to Curlty, and to you folks for developing such lines.

    • That is an exterior perimeter which varies between three and five strands depending on the location – e.g., what is outside. The woods make up part of the barrier as does the stone wall. We have sheep to most of the time and three strands is the minimum for them – Four is even better for sheep. The piglets won’t wander far from the sow. Basically, they hit the stone wall and turn back. Where there are gaps in the stone wall we put logs if we don’t have enough stones. If we were in a high traffic area then I would work harder to fence piglets.

  2. Nance says:

    I do love calico piglets. white. black. brown. calico. These little piglets will grow up to be good Mama pigs or good “to market” piggers. I counted 13 babies. I think I remember my Uncle (from way back when) saying that 13 piglets made a good Mama pig? What’s a good litter size on Sugar Mountain?

    • David is right, there are 14 in this litter. One is quite hidden off to the left in the pile. Eight to fourteen is the typical range. Blackie’s line has had litters as high as 19 to 23 even although not all of the latter survived. Sows normally have 12 teats. Our sows virtually all have 14 teats and we have a few, such as some in Blackie’s line, who have 16 teats. Dropping below six piglets in a is a sign of decline or some other issue, four is time to go. Typically a new gilt sow has six to ten.

  3. Jim says:

    Coolth, yes :)

    Actually, you will be moving heat energy from the warmer areas to the colder areas. Typically, rigid foam insulation is placed under concrete slabs in these types of areas, you can pour concrete right on top of the insulation to prevent heat from moving from the soil into the slab and into the freezer area. Insulation under the slab should save you some money on cooling costs too. You probably knew all this already and were just waiting to see who would chime in with redundant technical corrections :)

    Fun project, wish I were doing the same thing!!

    • Exactly. I like to call the negative heat energy “coolth” which is useful for communicating. Check out the past posts about how the foundation slab and floor were poured over insulating layers and beams to protect the building from the heat of the earth.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

      You can also see a bit of prep-work for one layer of this in the Kickstarter Movie where Hope and Ben are sorting foam blocks and then placing them in the insulation cavities for the slab to be over poured to create the beam and insulation structure that guides the flow of heat energy and mechanical stresses to where I want them.

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