Peanut Butter and Piglets
Peanut Butter is the name of the sow. We often call her PB for short. She just farrowed in the far south field. It is predator season and that is a bit too far out and it is a steep slope so we moved her and her young piglets in closer to the lower south field. Moving a sow is a difficult process and can be dangerous.
The sow is very homed to her nest location. More so than she is to the actual piglets. Even with me leading with piglets in two buckets she still wanted to return to her nest. Homing instinct in pigs is very strong. This is a useful trait for they tend to want to return if they get out of their fencing.
The reason it can be dangerous to move a sow is you are messing with her piglets. They’re not happy so she’s not happy. Sows are big, at 300 to 800 lbs, and powerful with strong jaws and sharp teeth as well as simply being able to knock you down and walk all over you. Can you say trampled?
In her case Peanut Butter is a sow that we have moved more than once and I think she understood, after a few false starts, that we were moving to a new space. The fact that we took her to a field where she has raised piglets before probably helped.
Once there she checked her piglets, snuffled around, ate some donuts we offered, drank some water and built a new nest. Life is good on Sugar Mountain.
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