I sold the 2 goat kids last night and the pig is pretty lonely. I'd been anticipating this, and have been looking for a second pig. The guy I got my current pig from had a litter born recently (on Easter, April 8th), so I put the word out that I needed another one. He said he had a little runt who wasn't doing well, and probably wouldn't survive (having to fight against much bigger and stronger siblings for food) so I could have him if I wanted him. Of course I did! I love a challenge. I went over there today and he had 2 piglets in a box for me, since both of them were having a hard time competing with the bigger pigs. One is truly a runt, and was born teeny. The other just probably didn't get to nurse as much as the others. So I brought them home.
First thing I did was bathe them. They were pretty stinky. The piglet below is the bigger of the two.
And below is the little runt (in the kitchen sink).
Then I handed the piglets off to the kids to wrap in towels and hold for a bit.
They smell much better after their baths. Then I tried feeding them
with a bottle, but they weren't too interested. They like drinking from
a dish much better.
After I while I wanted to go outside and put up my new electronet fence for the sheep, so I went to the closet and got a sheet to make into a sling.
I tucked them inside and fastened the loose top with a safety pin. They were snug as bugs in a rug!
I snapped the photo of the sling so you can see how it looks. It just ties in the back and I slung it over my shoulder. It let me carry them around and still get work done.
I'll keep you posted on the boys' progress. I may name them...not sure. It's not exactly like I can call them all Pig Pig now. And they're all spotted, so I can't call them by color. :-)