Yesterday we brought home 3 piglets from a sow who's surprise delivery occurred while she was waiting to be picked up to go to the butcher. After talking to the owner, Hannah and Dad bought two piglets and were given a third that had been laid on by the mom. It was cold and lifeless but quickly revived after we provided some sugar water and heat. The kids were very excited. Especially Chase, who recognized what they were immediately. The kids were told that we could raise the piglets but that they would be food sometime in the future. They reluctantly agreed after we explained how much damage a 450 lb pig could do and that the expense of feeding them would be horrific at that point.
We will raise the pigs approximately 5-6 months, until about mid July or so. In that time we will give them a great life. And we will get the gift of knowing exactly what goes into our bacon and ham.
We have named the girl Charlotte. The two boys are named Wilbur and Templeton. So far they are eating about 1.5-2.5 ounces every 4 hours around the clock. They squeal quite excitedly when they hear us coming with the milk. We will have to let you know whether this is still fun after a week of this schedule.