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Offline awemawson

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Life on the Farm
« on: March 24, 2019, 04:15:14 PM »
Spring has sprung and nature is getting on with pro-creation - these ten little chaps were born over night. So far Mother (Mrs Pig) and offspring are doing well. :thumbup:

I say ten - that could alter - don't want to disturb them too much at this stage and ten is best count so far  :clap:
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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2019, 07:47:30 PM »
Hope that Mom and the piglets appreciate the Taj Mahal of stys that you built them...

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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 11:16:28 AM »
Nice!
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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 11:32:17 AM »
It'll be the lambs next popping out any time soon. Not so many this year since I sold my flock there is just the wife's  six pet Jacobs 'in lamb' at the moment and waddling about very broad in the beam.
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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2019, 12:17:11 PM »
Andrew, in my youth I worked on a pig farm in West Sussex near Billingshurst, most of the sows where under tins and fenced off. But a couple of sows  really didn't like people in general ( even the owner had to tread carefully) after giving birth.
Do you find that with any of your sows.
My mate had one as a pet!! ok until it started rooting up his dads veg patch, needless to say Jennifer didn't last long.
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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2019, 01:09:05 PM »
All the sows I've had so far have been pretty amenable. Where they are is a relatively high pedestrian traffic area, and they get spoken to regularly. Being on concrete I muck out twice each day while they are feeding and make a point of giving them a brush down.

Currently I've now only one sow (Mrs Pig) so that makes the attention she gets even greater. She rears up on hind legs, front trotters over the top bars of the pen, and demands attention  - just loves her face being brushed ! I encourage our holiday cottage guests to make a fuss of them, and most of the guests love it as much as the pig!

With this litter I am making a conscious effort to get them used to my voice, poking my head in the sty and speaking to them when mum is out in the yard area feeding. I'm hoping to get this batch used to being handled, but this needs care - has to be done when they are young, but not so as to alienate the mother.
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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2019, 01:26:10 PM »
With this litter I am making a conscious effort to get them used to my voice, poking my head in the sty and speaking to them when mum is out in the yard area feeding.

Do you try to get them used to a familiar phrase? Something like "This little piggy went to market..."  :lol:

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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2019, 01:56:55 PM »
Well Pete, they may HAVE to go to market, as it seems that the local abattoir has ceased processing pigs after weeks of  bullying from the Vegan Rent-A-Mob from Brighton.  :bang:

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Re: Life on the Farm
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2019, 06:23:19 AM »
A nice sunny day, though not at all warm, but Mrs Pig was out topping up her tan.

The piglets were outside and suckling for the first time  :clap:
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