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bodger



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Location: Ever so slightly around the bend.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:16 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The good things in life really are worth waiting for.




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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done mate  

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



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for you mate  
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12Bore



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good old Gladys!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not good
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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