|piglet, all grown up|
|Blue butt sow and piglets|
|A life of ease with the mothers|
|Small pig, big litter. Definition of a good sow.|
Piglets spend about 1/3rd of their time sleeping, 1/3rd nursing, and 1/3rd fighting with other piglets. Social status is very important with pigs and they take it very seriously, from an early age.
When you have a number of sows in an area like this, you have to watch that the bigger piglets aren't stealing milk from the smaller piglets; there's always some of that -- the sows will generally allow any piglet from any other sow to nurse -- it can be at the detriment of smaller pigs. So while we have these guys all in group housing, what I am working on is providing better separation of the litters. Some sort of pig roller in the temporary shelter might do the trick. meanwhile I just watch and make sure that everyone is having a good time.
These three sows have 28 piglets between them. I've got another 5 sows that will be due in the next week.