The first piglets were born last week. (June 2nd for those counting) It is very exciting, now that the nervous stage is over. While the litter was surprisingly small, Mama Doodle seems to be doing well at rearing these little piglets thus far. It is her (and our) first litter of piglets.
They are so very small when they are born (and still). Especially when you compare the 3 lb piglets with their 500 lb mama. Fortunately, she is being careful around them and they are learning to keep clear of her big hooves. Already at just over a week old, they are trying to dig in the dirt, chewing on grass and tumbling over each other. That is when they aren't nursing or burrowed in the straw for a nap.
More pictures and stories to come as they get bigger, but here are the littlest ones on the farm.
And their names - Tic, Tac and Toe because the naming theme for 2009 is Games. So all animals we acquire in 2009 will have a game name. Feel free to submit your favorites. Two new doelings to be named this week.