Thursday, April 5, 2012
Big Fat Mama's Boy
You might recall our Red Wattle Sow Sophie. A medium red, full blooded RW purchased from Kiss My Grass Farm in Indiana, we obtained her as a youngster. Coming from a plain background with folks of simple names like Homer and Gertrude we thought she needed something more beautiful in a calling; thus Sophie.
Now, just 19 months old herself she has given us two litters. Sort of. The first litter she miscarried, about 1/2 way through her 4 month gestation period (Actually it is 3 months 3 weeks). Babies were well formed but came too early. After a rest period she was re bred and 6 weeks ago delivered what seemed to be 7 healthy babies.
The next am 6 were dead. No signs of fowl play. There were no feathers in the nest and our Turkeys had an ironclad alibi, they are terrified of the pigs. We suspect possible nutritional deficits and adjusted her feed. Maybe she needed a longer recovery time after her miscarried litter. The jury is still out.
We debated. Do we leave the last piglet with her? Do we take him inside? Do we leave him with her with only supervised visitation from his mother? Do we hire a pig nanny?
We had other things to do, so we left him with her and the roll of the dice came out well. Sophie has successfully raised one big fat mama's boy. Problem is...he is very spoiled. Sophie doesn't let him go far. Watches his every move. He can hardly run across the driveway to play with the donkey before she's calling him home.
He's not allowed to run with piglets of other litters no matter how often they come to his hutch to ask. Sophie insists they share all their meals together and she allows him to nurse. CONSTANTLY.
She makes him wear short pants and a bow tie.
I have yet to see him do a single chore, or even make up his own nest. I pity the sow who has to put up with him when he is breeding age, because she'll never compare to mama Sophie. The two of them have a very special language. Top secret grunts and groans and whispers.
They are always telling each other secrets. You know, the kind he would be better off sharing with other shoats instead of his mother. He does know how to make it laugh though.
Sure, he's cute but don't get too attached to him. He was sold at just a few days of age to a fine young RW breeder in another state. Soon Mama's Boy will go to his new home to grow big and spread the mighty RW gene.
If we can ever pull him off his mothers teat.
Posted by Donna OShaughnessy at 9:38 PM
horses, Chris Cox, Red Wattle Piglet
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Look at that little face...he is so cute.ReplyDelete
Mama's Boy indeed! He certainly fits the profile ;)ReplyDelete
Isn't he beautiful though :)
I feel your delema. Should you keep her or not. She has two strikes against her. Should you try for three?ReplyDelete
You beast. You're not going to separate them, surely! She's already relying on him to look after her in old age.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, still laughing while typing... loved the post and the pictures!ReplyDelete
Sophie's little darling is so cute. Hope the baby has a nice new home.ReplyDelete
Well, he is a cute little devil, spoiled or not. Careful, if he's still there, I might sneak him off while you're not looking--hopefully he's foldable and doesn't mind the inside of a suitcase! :DReplyDelete
I'd been wondering what was happening to Sophie and her offspring. Great pictures and I'm sure Sophie Junior will add some powerhouse genes to the RW world. He has particularly fine ears, I think.ReplyDelete
But is it a plaid bowtie? That's the real question here.ReplyDelete
They seem very attached. It's sweet to see. I hope that he's happy and she can move on when he moves out.
He's wonderful Donna. And just like Wilber, it's nice he has survived and thrived. Is your middle name Charlotte perhaps?
What an adorable piggy! This year Marks and Spencer, a big chain department store in the U.K. is offering a pink pig in place of the usual chocolate bunny or ubiquitous chocolate Easter egg -- wish I could get one to you by Sunday!ReplyDelete
Awwwwww! He's so CUTE! You had me cracking up as usual, Donna. Glad to hear that "Mamas Boy" will lead a long, full life. Poor Sophie will no doubt miss him terribly when he "moves out"...(can you tell I identify with her more than a little a bit? Heh heh heh)ReplyDelete
Well, he is absolutely ADORABLE!ReplyDelete
these pigs are so handsomeReplyDelete
I so want some
oh, he is precious! i think she worked very hard to get that little one. so sorry he'll be leaving her!ReplyDelete
LOVE, LOVE, Love this post! :~)ReplyDelete
Oh, how I miss our pigs. They had such personalities. Were such characters. Such a cute post. Love your little Mama's boy!ReplyDelete