Adventures in Backyard Farming: This Little Piggy…

March 13, 2013 — 7 Comments

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It’s been months since I posted anything farm-related, and for that, I apologize. I’ve snapped so many pictures on the farm in the past few months with the intent to write about it, but between school starting and the holidays and life in general, it just didn’t happen. I’m going to shamelessly post cute pictures of newborn piglets to persuade you to forgive me. It’s working, I know.


We bought our sows just before Thanksgiving 2011. This picture is from last Spring. Their names are Rose, Dolly, and Sadie.


In the Fall of 2012, when all of the pigs were at breeding weight, we put the boar, Hamlet, in the ladies’ pen. And the birds-n-bees being what they are, all three sows were pregnant shortly there-after. Go Hammy!

On an unrelated note, I dropped my phone in a huge pile of pig poo literally seconds after taking this picture. Oh, the sacrifices I make for my craft!



On Febraury 2, 2013, the first of the three sows went into labor. Over the next few days, we became the proud care-takers of 24 little Berkshire babies. They are sweet and wriggly, and remind me so much of puppies.

Lesson #8 in Backyard Farming: Babies of any kind are sweet miracles, and mamas are stalwart saints. Amen.

7 thoughts on “Adventures in Backyard Farming: This Little Piggy…”

    1. Hi Alice! So, the farm is outside of town, and we live in town. We have 2 chickens in our own backyard. BUT, on the farm, there are 3 cows, 28 pigs, a dog, and more chickens than I can count. Like, close to 100!

      We had originally planned to keep 2 pigs for meat and sell the rest, but now I think we’ll sell them all. We like raising our own meat, but this experience has made us not want to eat any of those cute little guys!

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