We also have new babies on the farm! I love it so much! I am so happy and proud to tell you all, that our new mama Sasha, is doing a fantastic job! She had a long, drawn out labor last Monday night. We left her alone (which is hard for us) and checked on her periodically. We were thrilled to see her instincts kick in, and have lost no babies! She has nine little beauties. I always wonder what the new mama's think of all those babies, when they come out of their trance. When I checked on Sasha one last time before heading off to work, she looked scared, overwhelmed, and of course exhausted! One week later, they are thriving! I am keeping a close eye on her, as her Dam, Spirit was a little high-strung. I haven't seen any signs of that trait yet.
Next up is Wren and Gigi. These will be Dexter's first litters. We are so anxious to see his piglets. He has so much hair, I am so curious to see if that trait gets passed to his piglets. Wren is an all-star and this will be her fourth litter! Hard to believe, as it feels like I just brought her and Nigel home as small piglets. This will be Gigi's first litter. I am a little anxious about her farrowing, I don't have the confidence (in her) that I did in Sasha. I pray I am wrong! Gigi is Gypsy's gilt and I like knowing I still have a part of her on this farm. Fingers Crossed!
Sadly, on the same day we were welcoming Sasha's piglets, we said good-bye to Dolly and Jolene. I wish this part of raising hogs would get a little easier for me. I did enjoy their naughty antics, and loved their personalities,, and hated to see them go. The two of them never failed to bring a smile to my face, and I am thankful for that. Taking their place in mischievous maneuvers will be Pebbles and Poppy (gilts out of Peekaboo). At the young age of three-months they think they are lap pigs, and we humans are here to give them scratches! I admit to obliging them!
I have had a request to blog about fencing. I will plan on exposing some of our secrets next time! Happy Spring everyone!!!
Have a wonderful week!!!