July 16, 2015

Piglet Report

Two of our six American Guinea Hog piglets

Polly's piglets are ten days old now. They are still pretty small, but they are beginning to fill out. We have three males and three females. They follow Polly around but take frequent naps too.


They startle pretty easily so I don't handle them much. At the moment we humans are the big things to be avoided.

Time to tank up.

Polly is a very good mom and accommodates them whenever they are hungry.

Sometimes they accommodate themselves

Waldo is still separated but not because we think he would harm the piglets. In fact, the other day they all slipped through the fence into his pasture. When I found them Waldo was sound asleep with four of the little piggies trying to figure out how to get a meal from papa pig! He is separated because I want to feed Polly extra and Waldo would want to eat it himself.

Rooting comes instinctively.

They are beginning to root in the dirt and nibble on grass. Hard to believe they'll be ready to wean at 5 or 6 weeks old.


25 comments:

  1. They are pretty cute, Leigh. I'm surprised they are afraid of you, though. As tame as Polly is, and knowing the demeanor of this breed, I figured they would be very friendly. It will be interesting to see how quickly they warm up to you. Thanks for the update!

    Fern

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    1. Actually both Waldo and Polly were pretty shy at first, but got friendlier once they figured out who brought the food. :) Now they come running just to get petted and scratched (and still for food, of course).

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  2. Oh my goodness; that last photo is PRECIOUS!!!

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  3. Man the cute factor of this post is off the radar. I love piglets!!

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  4. Too cute! But what lovely bacon, ham.....

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  5. So jealous! Hope all continues to go well with this litter.

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  6. My 7yo read over my shoulder and oohed and aaahed over the piglets. We have a little feral kitty who "adopted" us recently, and as she is all-black, the little girls named her Doom Kitty (after a character in a Canadian children's show called Ruby Gloom)... the 7yo's comment was, "OH, those little pigs remind me of Doom... they're DOOM PIGGIES!" What lovely little creatures!

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    1. LOL, that is so cute. In addition, we have black chickens and black goats. :)

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  7. Adorable! I agree with you about keeping poppa out of the food. Maybe if you brought some treats for the babies they would warm up to you?

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  8. Leigh,

    They're so, so cute!!! It's a good idea to keep Waldo away for now.
    What are your plans with the babies, if you don't mind me asking?

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    1. Sandy, we'll keep a couple for meat and lard and then sell or trade the rest.

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  9. So sweet to see them being piggy.

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    1. As they are supposed to be! So happy we can offer them that.

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    1. This breed is hard not to love. :)

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  11. We just put our nice pig in the freezer...today as a matter of fact. Looks like the grand kids have worked out a plan with Papa to keep their 4-H hog breeding project here on the ranch...next year we should have lots and lots of little piglets!

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    1. And the kids do all the work! Doesn't get any better than that. :)

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  12. I'd say how cute they are but that's getting a bit tired. So im going to say they are gorgeous little Doom Piggies. Unfortunately, i think some of them might be, doomed that is.

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    1. Ha! Well, maybe we ought to call them destiny pigs - some of them are destined to become sausage, ham, and chops. :)

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  13. I sure do like them. Would they wander off, do you think, if they weren't pinned up. I mean, away from the house?

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    1. Harry, this breed used to be nicknamed "Yard Pigs" and they simply lived in the yard because they ate snakes. I think that if they were kept penned in the beginning, until they learned where they were fed and where home was, they wouldn't wander very far.

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  14. Healthy fine looking young swine!

    A Haiku to your piglets

    Looking up
    Towering people loom awkwardly
    They smile and talk to us
    Security, love....we will see,
    Mother grunts.....ohh dinner!

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