Piglets One Deep
They say you can tell the temperature by cricket chirps. Another thing to monitor is piglet depth a.k.a. pig piling.
When piglets are at a very comfortable temperature they look like the ones above, spaced out about one piglet deep. My digital thermometer measured the air temperature at 50°F.
If they’re cold they’ll start piling. A piglet and a half deep is not any cause for concern but two or three piglets deep can be a problem as the ones on the bottom might get squashed by the weight of those above.
Conversely, if it is too warm the piglets will spread out so they are not touching each other at all in an effort to stay cool.
Other things such as drafts can effect the piglets causing them to all huddle in one end of an area to the lee of some protection.
At the other end of the scale, warm composting deep pack bedding can make them comfortable on even cold winter days.
A passing glance at piglet piling tells one how comfortable they are which is more important than an absolute thermometer reading.
Outdoors: 31°F/14°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/60°F
Grammar and punctuation are very important and can keep us from cannibalism.
“Time to eat, kids.”
“Time to eat kids.”