July 7, 2015

Polly's Piggly Wigglies


Polly farrowed! And we missed it. Yesterday, she was out in the pasture all morning, but when I went to check on her after lunch, she was lying down in the pig shed. I called Dan, started running, and discovered six little piglets.


We did arrive in time to witness her eat the placenta.

She seems to be a very good mom.


And Waldo? He was only mildly interested.


Even so, we've moved him in with the bucks for the time being. When the piggies are a little bigger we'll see about reuniting the family.

41 comments:

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Ah how cute!!!

Michelle said...

Congratulations!

PioneerPreppy said...

Waldo was prolly wondering where he was going to get all the cigars from. Since ya know he ate the ones he had :)

1st Man said...

Is there nothing cuter than baby animals? I'd just want to pick each one up and hug it, ha. Congrats!

Lynda said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! When I finally retire I am going to raise pigs and turkeys...just love the babies, too much. You learn all you can about them, Leigh and you can be my mentor...write a step-by-step book and I'll buy a zillion copies!! Very happy for you and all your new baby animals on the Homestead.

Farmer Barb said...

Yea for Polly's bred-in instincts on mothering! She did what she was supposed to on her own schedule. That speaks well for the breed!

Gill - That British Woman said...

they are just so flipping cute. Do you know how many boys or girls?

tpals said...

Precious! Congrats to the new mom.

Mama Pea said...

Congratulations to Polly! And Waldo! And you and Dan! What a smashing success for you both and all your hard work on the ol' homestead! It's all starting to pay off, isn't it?

Jason and Michelle said...

How cute!

Dawn McHugh said...

Well done a trouble free delivery they all look a nice size as well :-)

Ian H said...

That's the way it's supposed to be...no fuss...no mess!

Perry said...

Congrats, so jealous!

Madness, Trouble, Squish and Milkbone said...

OMG, they are just too adorable!

Harry Flashman said...

What beautiful animals.

Renee Nefe said...

Wow! Didn't even know that she was expecting. So glad that all went well and she is such a good momma. I guess from Babe & Charlotte's Web I have just assumed that pigs are born in the spring.
Are the grandkids coming to meet the new piggies?

Off-Grid Homestead said...

GAH!!!! so adorable! I would love to pick your brain about the American Guinea hogs... maybe exchange some pig knowledge for some pig knowledge??? we plan on getting some pig in the fall, but I have a few questions
Congrats!

Off-Grid Homestead said...

I mean pig knowledge for BEE knowledge, haha

Fiona said...

That is fabulous news. Such a nice litter, they look fat, sassy and uniform. Are you going to clip the tusks now or wait a bit?

Leigh said...

American Guinea Hogs don't grow tusks. :)

Leigh said...

I am always happy to share and trade information. :) This is our first experience with pigs, but I can certainly tell you that we have never once regretted going with the Guinea hogs. I would say track some down when you're ready for pigs because they are the perfect homestead breed!

Leigh said...

We weren't sure she was expecting either! I'm not sure if pigs are seasonal breeders or not, but that's something I should know. Granddaughters are coming on Thursday. :)

Leigh said...

Harry, I just love our pigs. :)

Leigh said...

How great to hear from you! They are insanely cute, aren't they?

Leigh said...

LOL, and he would too.

Leigh said...

We haven't checked yet. Polly is still very friendly but I don't want to push my welcome. I'd better look soon though cuz we need to know!

Leigh said...

Mama Pea, we were beginning to worry that out pig kingdom was going to be a bust, Happily, it isn't!

Leigh said...

Really? They look so teeny to me! I know they grow fast, however.

Leigh said...

For which I'm very thankful!

Leigh said...

Nah, you just need some of your own. :)

Sandy said...

Leigh,

How precious what a healthy looking litter!!! Congratulations to you and Dan. Polly knew exactly what to do. It's going to be interesting to see how Waldo handles all those babies when you introduce them together.

Hugs,
Sandy

Mom at home said...

They are so cute! Lucky you!

Chris said...

Squeeeeee...so cute! And they all look content, being homestead hogs.

Meredith said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic!

Fiona said...

I thought all boars had some sort of tusk, even if they are not big. How good these don't. One less procedure to deal with.

Leigh said...

Agreed. It's one of the many reasons this is the perfect homestead breed.

Bateman Homestead said...

That is fabulous, and they are adorable! Congrats!

DebbieB said...

Oh, congratulations! And all healthy, that's wonderful. Blessings!

Debby Riddle said...

Sounds like Polly is a keeper, so great when it all goes well, super cute. Waldo is still a favorite:)

Leigh said...

Like :)

Sarah said...

Congrats! They sure are cute!