Written By: Caroline
There are a lot of not so glamorous moments when raising a barn full of pigs! As you can imagine there is a lot of work to be done, a lot of messy clothing, a good amount of sweat, and days that may even be filled with heart break and tears.
Raising pigs is not for physically or mentally weak. It's tough! There are a lot of days that wear me out and make me wonder what I are doing...
However, the good days remind me why I love raising pigs. When I get to witness a birth that goes smoothly and watch the mom interact with her new babies. I am sure that this is the same with all animals and their young, but since my barn is filled with mini pigs this is what I get to witness.
This week, my mini pig mommies all decided to give birth during the same week. It's like they make a pact to go into labor together! Hahaha! There are a whole bunch of pocket size mini pigs running around with in their stalls with their mini pig moms. It's just too cute! But there is much more to it than just cute little pigs...
SO now my barn is filled with these amazing little noises that are peaceful and so interesting to listen to as they surround me. The moms sing to their young while they nurse in this very soft and gentle sound. The piglets talk to mom about everything. There are these tiny little voices that chatter on and fill the barn in a sort of chorus. It's amazing to listen to how they communicate.
When I step into a space where mom and babies live, I get a whole new conversation as momma pig tells me off and says get out! The mommy pigs are very protective of their newborns and do their very best to keep them safe and protected.
They build them beautiful nests in the hay and hide them. They keep them warm and feed them every hour. The babies are scared and timid and mom reassures them that everything will be okay.
Watching and listening to these new young pig families is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of my day!
written by: Caroline
It's always amazing to me how society underestimates the brains of animals. When people get a pig, I always explain they are like having 3-year-olds in your life. Their intelligence is amazing and horrible all at the same time! Pigs are so smart that they learn tricks and training so fast, but they also learn bad habits just as quickly. Pigs are able to manipulate their humans just like toddlers do on a daily basis. Pigs are also amazing problem solvers. Their intelligence is not limited to basic ideas or tricks that their humans introduce them to, and I photographed great evidence of their power of problem solving.
The photo below is the first picture. Talk notice of the blue food bucket and the cinder block's location and position.
Upon my return to the barn later in the day, here is the second photo of what I found...
My smart sasssy piggy figured out how to get her short self to the food! She saw the prize and she started thinking.... how to solve her problem.
Pigs are amazing in how they see the world and they think like humans. I can just see her sitting there and analyzing the whole situation.
Now, I have to put the food somewhere else, because getting to the food bucket is almost a cool enrichment game for her. So now that I store the food bucket elsewhere, she is off and thinking about how to solve her next problem.
I know that my smarty brainiac pig will find a new problem to solve and make me shake my head at her next cool solution!