Big Pig, Freebirthing in the Sun

20160728_153315Home to 4 Berkshire x Middle White piglets, born to Big Pig dam & Bear, sire, this week.

Big Pig & piglets are doing well so far – all up & about enjoying the summer weather, sheltering from any rain under the blackberry bushes.

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Today, having spent the day in their paddock, they are all now getting ready for bed. Big Pig has covered her little ones with straw & hay to keep them safe & warm.

I was concerned when I found her on Wednesday evening as whilst the farrowing had gone well, there was no sign of a nest. Given straw, she immediately made a home for them all.

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The next day, I saw that she had built an enormous nest in the heart of her paddock & today it was used as a play area for the piglets.

Nite nite, BP..

 

 

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Signage #swanbridgesafari

Today, I bought a bird’s nesting box (for a robin, in fact), painted it grey, glued a business card to the front & screwed it to the fence.

Inside, are cards for both Swanbridge Porkers & The Kennixton Flock for passers-by to take – a rural variation on the take-one box!

I still can’t decide what to do about the graffiti – whilst annoying, it is eye-catching although possibly for all the wrong reasons.

I just hope it will all still be there in the morning as Saturday nights in the summer tend to bring trouble as well as bats, bugs & swallows.

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