The winds were fierce yesterday and it was hot but deep in the barn the piglets home was quiet and peaceful. Poppy had food and water so there was little need of me, but just once I opened the big door for her so she could come out and put her feet into her water trough. Then she ate, then she walked back into the pen, lay down and called the babies out. So I shut the door again and left them to it. That door is in need of repair since she broke out the day before she farrowed so if she wanted to she could let herself out. I cannot be banging about in there for a while yet.
Poppy feels heavy and tired. Still recovering. Today she will be much brighter and if it is still warm I will open her door for longer.
This week is a warm one – a gift really, these tiny babies would have had a hard time if it had been really cold. Though I was prepared for that too. But by the time the cold comes they will have gathered some fat onto their bones and they will be sleeping inside their little warm house when they are not feeding. The piglets always find their little house in the creep on day three or four.
They are still hugging the dim corners, where it is warm and they feel safe.
I hope you have a lovely day.