Posts Tagged ‘piglet’

Fun in the sun!

Yesterday was one of those days that flew by, the kind that you wish you could preserve, re-visit, or hold in time forever.

Ok, so it wasn’t the best start, as the runt of Pinky’s litter died in the night, but I knew that was coming and given how weak he was, despite my best efforts to bottle feed him, his death was more of a relief than anything else as it meant an end to his suffering.

It’s funny, all three gilts (girls) are strong and healthy, but the three remaining boars are much weaker and I’m quite concerned about two of them, so I’ll be bottle feeding them, not to replace Pinky’s milk but to top it up. So far, they are resisting my efforts, which I think is a good sign, but I’ll persevere, just in case!

The day started cloudy, which was fitting, but the sun broke through the clouds and burned hot in the sky for the rest of the day. Jennie and her clan came over for the afternoon, and we played with the piglets, had a picnic in the orchard, walked the dogs down to the river, visited all the pigs, played with the piglets again … Good times!

Perky, Fergie, Scrumpy and Brini - 27 September 2009

Fergie, Scrumpy and Brini relax in the morning sun ... Perky (on the left) keeps eating!

Bailey - 27 September 2009

Bailey also enjoyed the sunshine and spent most of the day lying on the cool earth with the hot sun on his back

Pinky - 27 September 2009

It was too hot for Pinky so she settled down in the wallow to cool off

While the adult pigs were chilling out, the piglets had some playtime:

And then, worn out, some snooze time:

Pinky's piglets - 27 September 2009

Pinky's piglets sound asleep ... at last!

Having spent the day being charmed and entertained by the piglets and their antics, I hastily finished my chores and just managed to get everything done by the time the sun went down:

Sunset over the field - 27 September 2009

Sunset over the field - 27 September 2009

And then over to Jennie’s for a bowl of her husband’s delicious chicken curry.

Yup, despite the bad start, yesterday was a good day.

Hush-a-bye, piggy

Yesterday morning, all the cool pigs went back to bed after their breakfast:

Brini - 26 September 2009

Brini - 26 September 2009

Pinky's piglets asleep in the straw - 26 September 2009

Pinky's piglets asleep in the straw - 26 September 2009

Stay-at-home Dad!

Mum (Pinky) went outside to do her thing:

Pinky - 22 September 2009

Pinky - 22 September 2009

Dad (Curly) was left in charge:

Curly and the piglets - 22 September 2009

Curly and the piglets - 22 September 2009

Luckily, he’s great with the piglets:

Now, if I can just arrange that Lottery win so I can stay and play with them all day…

Pinky and the piglets!

I’m pleased to report that all seven piglets survived their first night and were sound asleep between Pinky and Curly when I arrived at the farm this morning.

I’ve taken loads of photos, but thought you might appreciate this video as well:

And here’s a photo of the piglets in the ark with Pinky and Curly:

Curly, Pinky and their piglets - 21 September 2009

Curly, Pinky and their piglets - 21 September 2009

It’s so frustrating – after today, I don’t get another day off until Sunday, which means I’ve got loads of work to do around the farm. But it’s also my last full day to sit and stare at the piglets! Anyone fancy giving me a week’s wages so I can stay here and watch the little buggers grow?!

We have piglets!

I’ve not blogged about this before, but thanks to the “temporary” closure of the local abattoir (since March!), I’ve been forced to keep Pinky and Curly long after they were meant to have shuffled off their mortal coil. And, as you’d expect with two pigs over a certain age, they’ve made babies…

Seven, in fact, who were born this morning:

Pinky and her newborn piglets - 20 September 2009

Pinky and her newborn piglets - 20 September 2009

Pinky's piglets - 20 September 2009

All in a huddle!

Pinky's piglets - 20 September 2009

The milk bar's open for business!

Unusually for Kune Kunes, all seven piglets are pink, though I guess that’s not so surprising, given that both Mum and Dad are pink. I had a good look and am pretty sure that four are male, with three females. And no, they haven’t got names yet – I prefer to wait until they’re at least 48 hours old before committing to names…

I dare say there will be more photos tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed that they all have a good night 🙂

Happy birthday to Pinky, Perky and Fergie!

Today is Pinky, Perky and Fergie’s first birthday.

It seems like a long time ago that I was sitting in the stable with Tia as she farrowed. All in all, I saw all but two of her piglets being born. Looking at the remaining three today, I struggle to believe that they were ever this small:

Tia and her one day old piglets - 20 August 2008

Tia and her one day old piglets - 20 August 2008

Tia's piglets meet Teal - 21 August 2008

Pinky, Perky and Fergie introduce themselves to Teal - 21 August 2008

Pinky and Perky - 28 August 2008

Pinky and Perky - 28 August 2008

Jennie and (a grinning) Fergie - 24 September 2008

Jennie and (a grinning) Fergie - 24 September 2008

Spot the piglet!

There are 6 piglets curled up under the straw in this photo.

Can you spot them all?!

Spot the 6 piglets! 23 November 2008

Spot the 6 piglets! 23 November 2008

Oh, and if you’re wondering, Scratchy was just behind me snuffling about in the straw in the hope of finding food and Fergie was outside, refusing to come in despite the hailstones!

This little piggie slipped quietly away when no-one was looking

Bubble, one of the runts I thought deserved a chance in life, died earlier this week. She was fine one evening but the following morning she could barely stand up and slipped away quietly in the early afternoon.

You wouldn’t have thought that such a small piglet could leave such a big hole in your life but that little runt had enough character for a whole herd of fully grown pigs, which is possibly why she lived so long. Looking back, she should have died when her litter brother did, at just a couple of days. She never grew and would have been a very weak and sickly adult. But she had more than her fair of fight and kept up with the others, even when they became twice, three times, four times her size.

Little Bubble will be sorely missed but, as B and Jennie keep pointing out, her life may have been short, but we gave her the best possible chance and in return, she gave us much enjoyment and pleasure and will never be forgotten.

Forgive the length of time it’ll take to load this post, but here are some (!!) photos, all of which show her character and determination to get along.

You’ll note the photos of her getting a belly rub – her favourite activity in the world. You couldn’t hold her without her turning onto her back and stretching her legs out so that you didn’t miss a spot! Continue reading

Unregistered Kune Kune piglets for sale

UPDATE: All the piglets have now been taken. I’ll put up another post when I have got some more for sale. Comments are therefore closed.

UPDATE #2: As of 31/12/09, I have Kune Kune porkers and adult sows for sale: click here for more information!

I have two litters of unregistered Kune Kune piglets for sale, four aged 10 weeks, and another four aged 7 weeks. There’s an uncastrated boar in each litter, the rest are gilts. Continue reading

Everybody needs good neighbours

I’ve been wanting to put Tia, Scrumpy Harold and all the piglets in together for ages, but have thus far lacked the courage, especially considering how small Bubble is. So, as a compromise, yesterday I moved Scrumpy’s ark through the mud and large puddles (ie small lakes) up to where Tia’s is. I set up the electric netting pens so that they’re close enough for the pigs to realise there are other pigs just out of reach but far enough apart that they are definitely out of reach (and so I can walk between them).

Scrumpy and Scratchy - 21 October 2008

Scrumpy and Scratchy - 21 October 2008

Curly, Wurly and Scratchy - 21 October 2008

Curly, Wurly and Scratchy - 21 October 2008

I figured that this way they can all get used to the sights, sounds and smells of the other pigs without having close contact.

Pinky meets Curly and Wurly - 21 October 2008

Pinky meets Curly and Wurly - 21 October 2008

Then, when I can pluck up my courage, I thought I will be able to put them together with the minimum of fuss.

What I didn’t realise was that the piglets would start taking care of that themselves. This morning, I fed Tia and her brood first and then put Scrumpy and Harold’s bowls down. I went to feed the piglets and realised that I only had two of the four. After a few moments of panic, I found Bubble and Squeak…

From little to large - 22 October 2008

From little to large - 22 October 2008

Do you think that’s a good sign?!