Wednesday, December 18, 2013

mama

We grew out own pigs last year. And hope that we will again this year. There was a bit of a snafu where we had a boar that wasn't but it really turned out he was. So he has been spending time with a beautiful sow in a private setting for a bit.

There are many more scientific ways to tell if a sow has been impregnated. We use the old fashioned way: wait a bit and see if she starts to get round.

She is round. So the mistakenly a boar will be moved from her. And Homer built her s new shelter, cause mommas like a new, clean and dry spot for having babies. Lots of straw. Facing the sun, away from the wind and rain. 

The first construction had to be dismantled. The farmer seriously underestimated the actual size of the sow. She has gotten so tall!


Larger pallets were located and a taller structure installed. 

And now we wait. Not certain of date of fertilization, we know pigs are 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Fingers already crossed that it happens on a dry, mild, sunny day. The odds aren't good for that next February or March, so finger crossing it is. 

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