Sow with Piglets South Field Copse – Protective Fence
This sow had her litter out in the south field herd area. She made a very good nest and it is extremely difficult to move a sow once she’s homed to the nest. They don’t home to the piglets but rather to the nest location. Even taking the piglets would likely result in her staying at the nest to guard it.
Since she had such a good nesting location, other than it being in among 200 other pigs, what Will did was wrap two sections of livestock panel around her nest leaving an opening for her to go in and out. This opening is big enough for her but also small enough that she can easily guard it to keep other pigs from invading her nest.
Piglets and Sow
After about five days she moved her nest to a new location and Will moved the stock panel to follow, protecting her new nest. Sows move nests once the piglets are fully mobile so as to leave behind the scent of farrowing and possible disease build up. This results in healthier piglets. It’s a good instinct.
When she moves along and no longer needs the panels we’ll collect them to reuse. By having a simple maze that she can both negotiate and defend it means less work for us. She’s able to go out, get water, whey, hay, graze on the pastures and return to the piglets. As of today they are already venturing out with the sow on her trips.
Outdoors: 39°F/30°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/59°F
Daily Spark: Pigs have no reverse gear.