Three Little Pigs Redux

Three Very White Little Pigs

This is the story of the three little pigs.
Their mother built them a nest of hay.
It kept them warm and out of the wind.
But we moved them.

She had a very small litter so we combined her piglets with those from another litter. A typical litter is more like eight piglets and some sows have fourteen healthy piglets. She has had a good litter before. It could be that she didn’t get a good mating – typically they mate two or three times in a heat. It could be she was stressed at some point and lost some piglets before she farrowed – they’ll reabsorb them in early stages. In any case I decided it was better to move these little guys to another mom and let their mother dry up so she can try again for a summer litter.

Outdoors: 28°F/24°F Partially Sunny, Windy, 2″ Snow
Farm House: 59°F/46°F
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/32°F door left open a bit all night by accident

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12 Responses to Three Little Pigs Redux

  1. adspar says:

    The new mother takes the extra little ones with no problems?

  2. Yes, the sows are very good about adopting. They’ll give a few snuffs to smell the piglets and accept them.

    They also co-nurse. That is to say several sows will nest near each other and the piglets will nurse on all of them. When the piglets are reasonably close in size this works out very well. The only problem is if much bigger weaner piglets try to get in on the action. Then we separate them out to a weaning area.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Walter, yo pigs seem to be farrowing at the same tym, is that how you plan it so that maybe looking after them is easier or is it just a coincidence?

    You never told me whether you liked our recipe for eating pork, have you tried it as well?

    sorry about the blog crash.


  4. Olive, No, I haven’t tried pork that way. On the farrowing, the sows farrow year round but there is clumping such that we have weeks with no births and then several sows will farrow in a week.

  5. What darling piglets! Thank you for commenting on my blog! We are slowly transitioning to a new blog from the old Bravenet one — trying to get up to speed. Not everything has transferred over. I really enjoyed my stay at your blog and will return often for updates! Love the pictures!! Our grass should turn a lovely green by the end of the month… until then it stays an unhappy brown (gotta love south GA, eh?).

  6. Thomas Key says:

    Hello Walter and Family:

    I stumbled upon your Web site/blog and really enjoy your content. I had a couple of questions concerning raising pigs that I hope you don’t mind answering. First, I’m adding three piglets to my farm in mid-April and plan to raise them until butchering time in late October/early November. I have fenced in a grassy/weedy area about 150 feet long by 35 feet wide which I had planned to subdivide into three smaller areas and rotate the pigs between them as needed. Is this area large enough to raise these three pigs in a healthy and happy way? Also, I had planned on moving the pigs from this enclosure to another area about 200 yards away which would require me to let the pigs out of their pen and hope that they follow me. Are pigs as easy to lead as sheep and cattle when you’re carrying the feed bucket? Thanks for your help.

  7. That is enough space but more would be better. When they are small use smaller paddock sizes for your subdivisions. As they grow use larger divisions and move them faster. I would subdivide it to six divisions instead of the three.

    For the moving of the pigs, leading with a bucket works quite well. Don’t feed them that morning, let them build an appetite, have the path not have interesting things along it, have a very appetitive food, train them using the technique to move them between paddocks.

    Have fun!

  8. Patty says:

    what a great picture !
    Never raised pigs but have had several animal “adoptions” on our farm.

  9. Casdok says:

    Awww they are so tiny, hope they do well.

  10. Thomas Key says:

    Thanks for your advice Walter. I have several other areas where the pigs could improve the ground while supplementing their diet, but I need to erect fencing first to keep them in and the predators out. I’ve got a few months to make that happen. I’ll let you know how the pig drive goes!

  11. Inthemud says:

    Just dropped by to say Hi and Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Such cute little piglets, but shame that sow didnt have more, hope they settle with their new mum.

    Better luck next time

  12. Oh those little guys are precious!

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