Beautiful Callie finished with eight little ones, all boys except one. My brother had already taken care of the animals yesterday AM, giving me the opportunity to sleep in. I went over to the barn around noon and I immediatly knew Callie was up to something. I saw her laying down at the top of the pen where I had put some straw several days earlier, as I wanted to make sure she had materials to nest with. As I was trying to determine what she was up to, I swore I saw something gray moving in the straw. I ran up to where she was and I was greeted by eight new little ones. Callie was still in labor so I stayed with her. Eventually me and my mom had to make a run for pig food, so I let her be. On returning home I found she had passed a huge placenta, and was happily nursing her babes. Callie and her brood stayed in the upper field until it was dark, then I managed to move them into the barn. It was a pain in the ass but knowing her babes, which she worked so hard for are safe in the barn, lets me rest easy. Its amazing how gentle she is with them, its exactly what we look for in a sow!
This little guy is so tiny! That doesnt stop him tho !
Callie had a post labor cool down, I dont think she realizes how large she is.
Your baby pigs are so cute, all striped and silvery. Beautiful litter and what a great mom, Callie!
I was going to town last week when I saw something moving on the side of the narrow county road up ahead. I slowed down. There in the creek bottom, in dense forest, was a litter of feral pigs. No mom around, probably just weaned and on their own, contentedly rooting around in the forest floor. They still had their stripes. I just watched them until they moved out of sight, which wasn't long in the thick underbrush. I thought about you and your striped babies.
One morning we saw a litter of pigs in a field that had definite Hampshire markings. Someone's Hampshire must've gotten loose and mingled with the feral hogs.
Feral hogs are a problem here, it's open season on them, shoot anytime as many as you can. Some people harvest their family meat on feral hogs. Why not? it's free and tastes better than the tasteless "other white meat" sold in stores.