you’ve never really seen a pig pile like this. they scatter when i approach, so the photo isn’t representative, but believe me, fifty pigs of a rainbow variety of sizes and colors and personalities, lying one on top of another and trying to keep warm, is a memorable site to walk on in the woods. it’s a good ol’ fashion pig pile.
they have really been utilizing the hay we put out, and it seems to be making a big difference. the newest piglets, and the new mama, have established their own side nest, and over the last few days we have added several feet of insulation surrounding them. as you can see in the video yesterday, mama uses her nose and some grunts to keep the piglets in the warm zone she (we) created.
and then there’s this guy. do you see him? which one of these is not like the other one…
this runty little tamworth piglet, who is most likely between six to nine weeks older than our newborns, is holing up in the nest as well. he’s smart i guess, and found himself a pretty cushy little spot.
he’s a little weak, and has a minor cough, which i’m hoping is not something the piglet’s can catch. the forecast claims tonight is the last viciously cold night (for now), so hopefully everyone will bounce back stronger and warmer on the other end.