They have arrived all 23 of them. Yes our two sows had 23 piglets between them. Wow what a blessing.
My husband had noticed that both sows had gone missing yesterday (Tuesday) morning and so when he got home in the afternoon the young children and himself went on a pig hunt.
They found them at the far end of our property under some trees and both of them had farrowed.
Amazing the timing that they both had piglets within hours of each other. Any way they couldn’t stay out in the paddock as there isn’t much feed there and we wanted to look after the sows now that there were heaps of hungry little ones to feed.
Proverbs 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds.
So they lured the sows with a bucket of grain and walked them back to near our house in our old vegetable garden.
Here they are getting stuck into the grain, they licked the trough clean. You can see how dry it is, and how little feed there is in the paddocks. We had rain overnight, thank you Lord, so hopefully we will see this continue and some new growth start.
Then my husband went up with the children in his Rodeo and caught all the piglets and put them in the back and brought them home.Here they all are snuggled together in the back of the ute. They are so cute at this stage (but believe me it wears off once they start getting adventurous).
Once the mothers heard them squeal it was all on to get them out of the ute and into their new paddock. Then the mothers had to sort out who was who’s. Really!!! they all look alike!!!
After my husband made them a new shelter and gave them heaps of grass hay to settle into, we let them be.
No 2 son (7 years old) was given the responsibility to look after them and make sure the trough was filled with water. He was so excited that this was his job and he was going to be the pig man about the place. He was up at 5.30 am this morning to check on them, but I persuaded him to wait until it was daylight and to go back to bed for another hour or so.
These arrivals has really put the pressure on to butcher the ones we still have so that will be our job over the next month or so when the weather cools down a bit more.