Is Bailey going to be a daddy?

The pigs have been in seventh heaven all week as I’m trying to work out if Tia and/or Scrumpy are in pig. Without a scan, the best way to work out if the bulging belly is blubber or babies is to have a good feel: and the pigs have obliged have plopping down on the ground as soon as their breakfast is finished and staying there long after my arm’s ready to drop off! And, of course, I can’t give Tia a belly rub without indulging Bailey, and Brini’s not going to stand by and let Scrumpy have all the attention, either!

I’m fairly certain that Tia is in pig, but I don’t know if it’s from when Bailey covered her three weeks ago, or from the earlier attempt (ie disaster) three weeks before that.

I don’t think she’s six weeks gone as she’s only just starting to show and you can start to feel the piglets move from about six weeks so my money is on three weeks. Of course, it could be three weeks before either of those, but that’s quite unlikely. My money is on three weeks.

Scrumpy, on the other hand, is a mystery. She’s certainly overweight but as I didn’t even consider the fact that she might be in pig until yesterday when I was fussing her. It’s that all of a sudden, the shape of her belly looks, well, pregnant, and it’s not soft and squishy like Brini’s or Bailey’s. Again, I could be wrong but she looks like she’s in pig. And the more I think about it, the more that makes sense. Bailey didn’t cover her three weeks ago: she refused to go anywhere near him. And I never actually saw her come into season. I just thought I put them together too soon or too late but since she refused to go back to Tia (and since Bailey and Tia were getting on so well!) I just let her get on with things and decided to wait until Tia was a couple of months in pig before thinking about it again.

So, if she is in pig, how far along is she? Bailey didn’t cover her three weeks ago, which puts the likely dates at six weeks ago or nine weeks ago. There was no evidence that Bailey covered her six weeks ago but that doesn’t mean he didn’t. And I can’t feel any movement, so that would be about right.

Having said that, I’m not very good at feeling animals before they’re born and failed miserably with both Tia and Scrumpy the last time they were in pig, so maybe I shouldn’t use that as a guide!!

Plus there’s the fact that, as far as I can tell, Scrumpy appears to be coming into season – though sows can have “phantom heats” throughout their pregnancy.

Apologies for the long ramble, I’m just trying to work this out in my head and I find that writing it down helps put everything into perspective.

Not that it’s helped this time around.

Both girls may or may not be in pig.

They may or may not pop at the same time.

The possible due dates are:

  • 17 April
  • 9 May
  • 29 May

Ah. We could have a slight problem.

I have three arks.

If both girls pop, they’ll need one each, reuniting Bailey and Brini in the third.

What the hell will I do with all the weaners?! They’re not due to go to the abattoir until the end of April at the earliest (Kune Kunes are slow growers and are usually ready at 8-10 months).

Hmm, there’s not a lot I can do about that one! If Tia and Scrumpy are both in pig then the weaners will have to go before they farrow and unless I can accurately work out when they are due, I’ll have to aim for mid-April.

No matter what happens, I’ll probably re-introduce Fergie to Tia and hope that mother and daughter get along as well as Scrumpy and Harold did when she farrowed!

Having said all that, this entire post could be for nothing: I could be horrendously wrong and just have four happy but rather plump pigs!

9 responses to this post.

  1. I would seriously conside putting Bailey into therapy whether or not he has done his dead or not. Poor love must be wondering if he is coming or going. At the very least he must be in a state of extreme bewilderment about the feamale pig population. Give him a special back rub from his Aunty Margaret, I’ve grown very attached to that pig.

  2. I certainly will – everyone loves Bailey-boy!

  3. Posted by welshpurpletree on 26 February 2009 at 9:06 am

    Think I followed all that. I’ll just keep my finger’s crossed for you, shall I? Do you get a vet involved at all, to tell you for certain? Or do you just wait and see?

  4. Posted by thegardensmallholder on 26 February 2009 at 9:22 am

    Fingers crossed for some piggy-lets soon 🙂 Hopefully!

  5. I wonder if the pigs would care that their reproductive activities are the subject of so much speculation on the net?!

  6. I’m sure Bailey would just take all this publicity in his stride, after all, he knows he is the stud king there on the farm, bless him. Margaret

  7. Technically, he is only just ahead of Fat Boy and John Wayne (the cockerels). Bailey sired seven piglets on Brusco (unbeknownst to me); JW sired four chicks; and FB sired three. As spring approaches, Bailey had better get his act together!!!

  8. Posted by katie on 10 November 2009 at 9:16 pm

    IM having the same problem at the moment so i have just left my boar in my sow to see what happens. good luck

  9. Hi Katie… I couldn’t have been more wrong about the sows being in pig and although Bailey certainly got his wicked end away, there were no piglets as a result!

    Ho hum!!!

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