Molly is a nervous mother but holding her own. Very new and totally shocked at the sheer number of miniature pigs running around her feet. But if a piglet squeals she freezes and waits for the little ones to regroup before continuing. She is eating and drinking well and, as you can see, so are her eleven piglets. Number eleven is lying right on the far left – partially obscured by her mothers back leg. She is red. There are a few that are a bright red.
Molly is still on lock down in the back pen with the lights on all night so she can see where her piglets are but the big doors are shut. But she is pretty annoyed about not being able to go outside to use the toilet. I will open it up on Day Three. For the moment we are just consolidating and learning how to stay safe.
Molly’s feed bowl is permanently full now – she is on All you can Eat – firstly because this stops her jumping up hungrily when I approach but mostly because she is feeding ELEVEN very hungry babies. Her diet is very diverse now, heaps of dairy, sunflower seeds, molasses, sweetcorn, oats and greens. She gets to the best of all the table scraps now too.
The light was so low and I was giving Molly heaps of quiet to work things out – but I think this shot (above and way below ) says it all! I will get more today.
Next is Tahiti probably in another week or so.
The pigs are in the same barn as my milking room. So I am having to reroute the cows milking route so I can set up another private back pen for Tahiti.
I have to tweak my plan as I cannot have cows traipsing through next to her farrowing pen twice a day so hopefully I have time to train the cows to another door.
We did alright yesterday though Lady went and sulked in the chook house afterwards.
During milking time I turn my music up loud (I put my phone in a pot as I have not fancy speakers, it works) – Molly is used to this – this way Molly does not get frights from the milking noises.
Here is that shot again. Wonderful aren’t they. So far so good. Now I will go out and see how they fared in the night.
I hope you have a lovely day.