Pigs do not mess around on the whole due date thing 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days and she popped! I knew she was due yesterday by the calendar so I went to go check on Monster our pig. We had been pulling grass out of the garden and the girls had given her several loads of it. That pig carried the grass all into her house and made a nest.
30 minutes later I went out to check on her and this is what I found
Monster is a good mom she was being careful not to lay on any. If she heard a squeal she moved. Except they were only squealing because two wanted the same nipple!
We ended up with 12 little piggies in all. 7 girls and 5 boys!
Monster is going to the butcher when we wean these babies. That was always the plan. Our pig is sweet and loves scratches and her tummy rubbed but she is just too big to handle anymore so she will have to go. We will all miss her but we also know that is why we have them.
My neighbor is going to come and help in about a week or so to castrate them. I can do castrations with a band and I have assisted with human castrations (worked as a RN for 20 years) but I have never seen or done pigs and the have to be cut. So I am thankful for the assistance and guidance.
We are going to keep 4 of the barrows (castrated males) to raise for the freezer and two of the cute red females for breeding and probably sell the rest to pay for their feed.
We have been out of pork for about 2 months so we will be glad to get some bacon again!
Pork chops in the making!