Piglets, Goats, and Spring!

| 3/12/2010 2:35:43 PM

Tags: Pigs, Goats, Car,

A photo of Lisa and familySunday, February 28, 2010

Except for the mud and blackflies, I just love spring. It’s a time of birth and renewal.

Speaking of births, Charlotte gave birth to 11 little piglets yesterday. All by herself. See, they don’t need our help.

Charlotte the pig and her piglets

Dave left for work early that morning (so what else is new). He told me that she was going to farrow that day sometime since she was very antsy. J. and I had some errands to do, so we left for a few hours and when we got back, there were 11 little bundles of joy! They were all nursing contently. This morning though, it seems like there is one that won’t make it. He must just have been weak. I don’t dare go see in the barn. Dave will take care of that. Anyway. If he has passed, I can’t reach him anyhow, and there is no possible way I am going in there with her. Uh-uh. No way Jose! Not this chickie. If there is one thing I have learned in these last few seasons with the animals, it’s that pigs are extremely, excessively possessive mothers. Chickens, goats, cattle, etc., do not hold a candle to pigs. Mind you it’s different taking a little chick from a 3-pound mother, than taking a piglet from an almost 600-pound sow! Think about it, a pig is the only animal that we eat that given half a chance, would eat us back!

Well I got my seed order in the mail last week. I actually controlled myself. Phew! It was tough. Dave had already passed through it and marked off what he think we needed. It came to about 30 dollars. Then I went through...

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