LMP's 2019 Farrowing Thread: New babies from Lucy and Prissy

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Well one of my gilts was supposed to go for processing but she never did. And then I noticed she was pregnant. I assumed the babes were from one of her brothers because well, She was in with them until a few months ago. However upon the first baby being born I realized that these were not inbred and were from my breeding boar Atlas. See the mother is a swallow belly which when bred to another swallow(her brother) will produce 100% swallow. But the first piglet born was a blonde which can only happen if the sire is blonde. When a swallow and blond have babies there will be a mix of the two. Unless of course your boar has such a dominant blonde gene that he overrides the swallow one, the same thing happened with Prissy’s litter. Needless to say I was a bit dumbfounded when the first baby born was blonde. She did great and had five lil babes.
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Post-labor chow down
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Genetics is an interesting study. I'd say name one Whosyerdaddy, but you already figured it out. Those are some cutie little stripers!
I did a simple genetics study on Mangalitsa colors a while back and the more I have bred the pigs the more Ive learned one color + other color = more colors. I only have one blond boar so it was pretty easy. Plus the full silver litter was a dead give away.
 

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One week old and feeling fine. The newest babes are doing great living outside in the smaller pig run. I am also experimenting and letting the boar have access to them. I’m doing this for several reasons but mainly because I needed a shelter for the mama and she is already bonded to the boar as well as the other sow in the pen. Atlas is a very good Daddy and will go over to sniff his babes before doing his other tasks. The only issue Ive had with him is that he will steal all the fresh straw and make a throne for himself.
So its interesting as Ive never seen this sow nurse her babies. I think that although she is friendlier since the birth she is still wary of humans. Regardless I know these babes are happy and healthy and definitely eating by how they act.
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Still not sure of me, just like their mama
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big boy Atlas next to his baby Atlas’s
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I like your experiment. Feral hogs run together in a group, why not tame hogs? Atlas is proving that it can be done. Of course not all boars are friendly to piglets and might see them as a snack, but you know your pigs and know who to trust.

I love your baby piglet pictures. I’m glad you get to spend time with them, that is good for the soul.
 
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