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:

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

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

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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

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    1. 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!

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  6. Precious! Congrats to the new mom.

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  7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. Harry, I just love our pigs. :)

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  13. 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?

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    1. 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. :)

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  14. 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!

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    1. I mean pig knowledge for BEE knowledge, haha

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    2. 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!

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  15. 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?

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    1. American Guinea Hogs don't grow tusks. :)

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    2. 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.

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

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  16. 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

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

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  18. Congratulations! That's fantastic!

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  19. That is fabulous, and they are adorable! Congrats!

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

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

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  22. Congrats! They sure are cute!

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