The Humanity Of Hogs

This really tripped me out.  We have 2 female hogs.  Big Mama is our American Guinea Hog and Sugar Baby is our Large Black Hog.  They have always been competitors and Big Mama actually ripped a slice in Sugar Babys leg once – we had to sew it up with dental floss.  Anyhow they both just gave birth.  The daddy is our American Guinea “Tank”.  They have both had one litter before and did great.  I believe we made a huge mistake this time however.  We left Sugar Baby’s little baby girl in with her.  She is over a year old; but when Sugar Baby started producing milk I think the little girl (Sugar Baby’s little Baby) may have thrown Sugar  Baby into early labor. She was nursing,  and probably producing callouses on sugar Baby’s teets.  Her little piglets were born skinny and pathetic looking.  Sugar Baby was extremely nervous and restless.  Both sows had 9 babies.  Big Mama’s were thriving.  But, Sugar Baby’s  were walking out in the open field.  My son actually saw sugar Baby’s Little Baby fighting the newborns off.  One disappeared for  2 days in a row.  We dragged the little girl out of there and she will be harvested soon. (milk fed pork.. LOL)  Anyway – one more died the next day.  I don’t know if it was from that or a predator.  But a couple of days ago I noticed Big Mama was in the area of Sugar Baby’s pigs and was feeding them.  My son verified this today.  Her seven little pigs look 100% better now and Sugar Baby is calm now and full of milk.  Lesson learned – don’t leave an older pig in with newborns.  I didn’t really think it would be a problem.  We had sheep, goats, and the male in when they had babies before with no problems.  But what really amazes me is how Big Mama fed her  nine pigs and Sugar Baby’s  seven pigs.  That’s more humane than most people I know.  Big Mama is a sweet girl and I’ll tell you more about that later….  Big Mama my sweet girl

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