The wait is finally over! The piglets have arrived. Both Nora and Ophelia delivered within about 24 hours of each other. I was thinking I was going to have a couple days to recover from staying up with Ophelia, but Nora had other plans. She also decided she wanted to make a nest in a Holly bush!
Ophelia delivered 9 vigorous piglets: 5 gilts, 4 boars. All of her piglets are varying shades of cream to ginger:
As usual, she’s a wonderful sow and protective of her piglets. She doesn’t mind the humans being around but lets the dogs know when she’s had enough of their presence! Poco is a really good birthing partner however:
So back to Nora. Not to be outdone, Nora delivered 7 piglets late Friday (5/1) and into Saturday (5/2). She delivered 5 gilts and 2 boars! She had a harder time this year and we’d already made the decision that this was going to be her last litter. Nora is a wonderfully friendly KuneKune. A great representation of what the breed’s temperament should be. She has earned her breeding retirement. I am hoping one of the gilts can be retained here on the farm to continue her legacy.
We were finally able to coax her back to a more appropriate shelter with Ophelia:
Wondering about the blue dots? Well at 2am, when you need to make sure piglets make it through the night and everyone is the same color you come up with some crazy plans. So we put blue dots on Nora’s cream piglets! We will be marking them individually to be able to effetely watch them grow!
We do have quite the list this year of interested KuneKune buyers, however we always welcome inquiries. Our friends in the area also delivered a litter of 5 this week and are expecting at least one more litter!
I hope this finds you all well. Remember each day, take at least one breath that is just for you!