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bodger

Probably the Last Litter

Gladys the GOS sow is due to have what will probably the last litter of piglets that we'll farrow here. We still intend moving at the end of the summer.
She's due to have them on the tenth of July and we'll be moving her down to the sty this evening. I've disinfected and white washed the nursery ready for her move. I've still got to move the farm gate into the sty which acts as a farrowing crate for the piglets to escape to and of course, there will be straw too.









olde9856

Nice one John, have you eventually sold?
bodger

No but come what may, we're off at the end of the summer.
horace

What are you going to do with yourself  
bodger

That's the million dollar question.

Anyway, I finished off getting the sty ready for Gladys and then early on in the evening, Karen and I fetched Gladys down from the fields. Gladys was her usual self and was a real sweety and ambled/waddled the hundred yards or so through the orchards without a hitch.



















Her last litter was an exceptionally big one. You might recall that she actually gave birth to eighteen. A sow having that many babies isn't ideal and in the end, only ten of them survived. She's looking just as huge this time, which isn't good news but we'll just have to wait and see what happens in just over a week or so. She's already made herself a nice cosy bed out of the straw that I gave her.
horace

All the best hope all goes well
samuria

hope all is well for gladys.
confused

Looks good , i reckon your gonna miss this more than you think .your set up is so well organised
Dave C

Fingers crossed mate  
bodger

According to the calendar Gladys should have had piglets yesterday. She's her usual humungus size and thing are definitely pretty imminent.                
sod

We await the good news
bodger

I've just sneaked a peek.














Well you know what they say about a watched kettle.
bodger

The kettle hasn't boiled yet but at long last, Gladys might be getting her 'harris' into gear. She's carrying straw around the sty and making herself a nice nest.
Dave C

Sounds like it's getting close then mate.
bodger

We could very well be looking at something of a full house. Gladys had got her  head down in the feed trough as I took this photo tonight.




bodger

Right now its coming up to six o'clock in the morning and I'm off to check on Gladys.
It's a nice morning out I've just tripped the light fantastic in wellies and dressing gown to check her. Everything looks peaceful and I'm pleased to report that she has seven healthy looking Gloucester Old Spot piglets suckling on her.
The piglets look very clean and contented and they were probably born late last night, rather than early this morning. Gladys still looks very big, so there maybe some more to come but I'd be more than happy to stick at the seven.
olde9856

Well done Gladys, 7 is a good number, easy to deal with
bodger

I've snapped a photo of them but it's Karen who put photos on Photo Bucket, I'll get a picture of the brood ASAP.
bodger

The good things in life really are worth waiting for.




bodger

She had eleven in total. I've just fed her and when she got up, I could see that there was a still born piglet beneath her and a nice boar crushed in the corner where her bottom is in the picture. At the moment, that leaves me with nine healthy piglets but I do hate this next few days until they get a bit more agile and can avoid mum when she lies down.
She's passed the afterbirth so that should be it.
Dave C

Well done mate  

That's a more manageable size litter for you.
Christine

You'll miss the small holding when you move you know.
bodger

You're right of course, I will miss it but at the same time, there's a heck of a lot out there that I want to see and do. I've enjoyed this lifestyle for close on thirty years but by its nature, its also very tying. I'm looking at what happens next as a new chapter in our lifer and while I'll be sad when it ends, it will also be very exciting too. Fingers crossed.
Dave C

Good for you mate  
12Bore

Good old Gladys!
bodger

Eight surviving piglets this morning but last night Gladys got a bit nasty and chased Karen and myself out of the sty. She meant business.
 
horace

Not good
12Bore

bodger

Pigs in the wild are omnivorous and boy was she wild.

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