|Hampshire sow x berkshire/yorkshire boar|
The hampshire sow, above, woofed at me when i came to check on her piglets. "hey, I'm nursing here, and I really, really don't want to get up, but if you... oh, nevermind. I recognize you. ok. "
|duroc sow x purebred herford boar|
This duroc sow is the only one that I own, and I'm interested to see what her temprament is. She didn't even look at me when I was checking the pigs. Grunting softly as her litter of 14 nursed.
|Berkshire sow x 50/50 berkshire/yorkshire boar|
The sows don't eat or drink for the first day or so after they give birth; some do, but most don't. They're content to lay and nurse the pigs. The piglets are busy figuring out whos nipple is whos. Very important piglet business. that'll be their personal nipple until they're weaned.
|typical pig farrowing pen. pigs on the left, rubber bowl in center|
|another farrowing pen. 8' gate. sorry about poor cellphone pic|
|inside the farrowing pen above. pigs in left corner|