Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chow time

You may not know this, but pigs can eat a lot. It takes a lot of food to put on the kind of bulk they pack. When I come out of the house to feed them, you'd think there were 50 pigs out there for all the racket they make, squeaking out their "chow time" call. And, of course, I don't have to stand around and wait for them to come n' get it.Those piglets, who were just about 3 pounds at birth, are now about 50 pounds. And though they look soft and squishy, they are rock-solid body mass. But, they still like a little scratch behind the ear.Because the sow tends to be a little, well, piggish about her food, we put out a second plate of feed so that the piglets have a chance to get some too. She's been known to literally throw her piglets out of her way if they crowd her too much at the trough.Chow time is serious business around here.

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