So, a busy week down on the "farm". The piglets are growing fast and are getting out and about. . .
. . . and are indulging in a lot of pointless zooming around which makes getting decent pictures a bit tricky. . .
. . . and there's been time for some family activities, such as snuffling around in case there's anything tasty in Molly's bedding. . .
. . . and when that's all over, it's time for a nap. . .
The pig "farmer" started the week flapping around nervously, scared that the piglets were in danger of either freezing to death (it's been a bit parky in Orkney) or being squashed by a careless Molly.
I shouldn't have worried. Molly has, so far, been a terrific mother. Saddlebacks have a great reputation as careful, caring mums and the piglets are growing fast.
When she had her last litter, Molly struggled with 12 rowdy piglets and ended up thin and tired after six weeks. This litter of nine (five males, four females) seem quieter, if just as cute, and I've put Moll on double rations to keep her weight up.
Every time she's ready to lie down she checks the bedding for stray piglets and ushers any wanderers back into the creep until she's ready for them to feed. It's very sweet.
Tonight (Monday) Kim is off to Orphir on Orkney Mainland to see The Boss, so if all goes well she should be ready to farrow in July.