Pay close attention to your breeding schedule. Separate your male and female hogs before they are 4 months old. At this morning’s feed we were quite surprised to find 10 new piggies snuggled up to Rachel, who has been penned by herself since the beginning of Feb.
Counting back 3-3-3…3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days, that puts her in close proximity to Sweetie’s offspring around mid Jan, when the males would have been just turning 6 months!
On Sunday Feb 4, 2018 Sweetie welcomed her second litter to the Bent Pine Farm Barnyard. One red and three black piglets joined the gang in the shady woodlot.
The hogs from Sweetie’s first litter are now six months old. Time to separate the girls from the boys. Adding two more hog panels gave us 5 pens, enough for now.
We kid ourselves that we are enclosing the little piglets, who root and dig their way out, squeezing under the fences. Running circles around the older more sophisticated geese, ducks, goats and their Dad, who likes to leisurely forage in the cool shade, they manage to squeeze back under the fence just in time for dinner.