After waiting impatiently, squeezing teats checking for milk, watching for nest building and staring at a swelling vulva for a week, Maud finally had her brood. She managed to have seven piglets within two hours of us checking her. It had started some 48 hours previously on Maud’s due date where I sat in front of her staring into her eyes saying ‘inducing, inducing.’ I think I did this for half an hour or until my bum became numb, Maud stared back at me with the expression of ‘Mother you are a total loon!’ The next morning I received a text from Shaun ‘We have lactation!’ I finished work early and rushed home hoping that we would have small squealy things but to no avail. Maud was going to keep us waiting. It wasn’t until last Friday evening when I came home to check on her that I noted that she had (and whisper this) ‘a bit of goo’ I thought ‘Ah! The end is nigh. But as she has kept us waiting it wont happen for a awhile.’
Well I was wrong and seven little pig where born within two hours. We had unfortunately lost one and as we weren’t there as they were born we aren’t sure what happened. Maud was a little shaken when we got to her so I hand fed her Guinness mash, which she was thankful and duly fell asleep. On the upside we have six very healthy playful piglets four gilts (one of which is a runt, all I can say is Maud was a runt and she is huge now) and two boys. They are already growing fast and they are only a few days old. Well done Maud.
We are now on Winnie watch.