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Yes there's some news. Some good news but tempered with some bad news. When I went out to feed this morning, I saw that Dot had beaten Gladys to having her piglets. I was met with the sight of Dot lying in the doorway, with her head outside in the open air and her backend under cover. There were five piglets suckling on her but unfortunately, when she got up onto her feet, I could see that there were three dead ones that she'd been lying on.
We genuinely expected Gladys to produce first and it was surprise to find that Dot had produced first. She didn't show any signs of farrowing last night and why she decided to vacate her cosy quarters to give birth in the open, is beyond me. Anyway here are the survivors.









Dot is a big, big hefty pig whose eyesight is even worse than my own, so I'm feeling a bit pessimistic as to whether or not we'll raise all five. I fear that she may crush some more of them before things are done. They've found the heat but they still need to come out and run the gauntlet to feed at the milk bar.








As I've already said, I found her half in and half out of the doorway, there was hardly room enough for her, never mind the piglets.




sean

Fingers crossed for the survivors.
mochyn

That's sad: even though you had a creep bar. Ah well: just a matter of vigilance now, I suppose. best of luck with the rest.
Marionb

It always amazes me how small piglets are at birth... Fingers crossed the remaining ones make it!
Shan

We run a farrowing rail around the walls in addition to a creep area. Not had a squashed piglet yet.
Bodger

In this instance, a rail would have been to no avail. The sow decided to give birth in the doorway to the yard.
Shan

Ahhh.... stubborn moo, is she?
gregotyn

One place I worked on with pigs had no creep area, just the rail all round the pens which was an old stable block. One farrowing pen per carthorse place, about 14 ft sq! I introduced the creep feed system by using scaffolding! not good but it worked. When I asked about creep feeding initially,they thought the piglets got enough from the sows food, which was fed dry and scattered across the floor. They had never heard of proper creep feed! They didn't like spending money either as they were short of added proteinand minerals by 25%-I didn't stay long!
MornieG

Looks like one happy sow. piglets are so cute too. Hope she manages to raise them all XX
Bodger

Gladys, the other sow is pacing around and building a nest with her straw, so it looks as though it may very well be Ding! Ding! ready for round two sometime today. After our experience with Dot, I'm certainly not counting my chickens before they hatch but Gladys has always looked way more pregnant than Dotty.
Bodger

I'm beginning to think that all females are naturally indecisive. :whistle: Gladys has quite literally spent all day carrying straw around, making and then unmaking her nest.














"Do you think my bum looks big in this? I'm not sure"









There's certainly loads of room for little piglets.









"I promise not to mither you again but are you sure that these cushions are straight?"




Spruengli

Fingers crossed she gets the soft furnishings sorted before the big event Cool

And congratulations on the first batch - they are gorgeous!
Rob R

I have serious sty envy. Very Happy
Bodger

Midwife duties being taken seriously.









Fourteen piglets born, one stillborn and a runt that isn't looking good.




Bodger

Midwife duties being taken seriously.









Fourteen piglets born, one stillborn and a runt that isn't looking good.




dpack

well done both ,if you try extra hard with the runt you might up it's chances (maybe not )but with 14 to care for it might be best to let nature sort for the strongest

pigwifery is rewarding Very Happy
Bodger

That's Double Dragon Deepers. thumbup I'm going to sneak out and check up on them at around midnight.
dpack

a small glass of something nice might be appreciated by mum Wink
Bodger

Gladys's piglets are growing quickly. Although she's got a little bit of camera red eye, at this early stage both Karen and I have marked the gilt on the extreme left of this picture as a possible keeper.




dpack

oooh ,im pig broody Rolling Eyes
Bodger

I've got nine surviving piglets in this litter and five in the other.
Bodger

Another set of photos for the pig lovers amongst us. Unashamedly sugary. Embarassed

Taken this afternoon. They don't stop as babies for long do they? They've been coming out into the yard for a few days and now all I have to do, is to choose the keepers. Easier said than done.
























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sueshells

Oh dear. I know they are bacon, chops and joints but they are just too cute and adorable!
Spruengli

I have piglet envy Laughing

They are GORGEOUS
Bodger

"Night night all. Sleep tight and hope the bed bugs don't bite"
I was out pub quizzing last night, so it fell to Karen to check on the piggies last thing. She sneaked in with the camera to take a peak and was met with a view of calmness and peaceful slumber.
Gladys and her litter of nine.









Does this picture remind you of anyone in your life? :whistle: Meet this little chap, who I've named Buddha or Buddy for short.




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