If you saw our Silent Sunday picture yesterday you will already know that a new litter of piglets has just arrived at Eco-Gites of Lenault.
|Coco Chanel and her 8 newborn piglets|
We knew Coco Chanel was due to farrow but thought her due date was a bit later. When I went to feed the pigs on Thursday morning I was not met by Coco at the gate as normal but once in her barn I found one very proud mum and her 8 piglets, seven boys and one girl. Mum and babies are all doing just fine.
I popped a picture of them up on my personal Facebook page and a friend asked a very pertinent question. How come we had piglets born now when surely most animals are born in the spring? Usually we aim to have our piglets born in February/March so they are just big enough to go out in the grassy fields when the warm weather arrives in spring. However there is a slight disadvantage with this. The breed we have are Kune Kunes (a Traditional New Zealand breed) and they are smaller than commercial breeds and quite slow growing. Whilst some of these piglets may well be sold as pets others are destined to be eaten and for that reason we would like them as big as possible before that day arrives, next Nov/Dec. If they are born in early spring they are still small when their time comes so we are hoping that by having them earlier they will make bigger bacon slices!
|Piglets at Eco-Gites of Lenault - Nov 2014|
Dad (called Boris Johnson) is mostly orange with a couple of black sports and Mum, as you can see above, is black and white but none of her litter has taken after her. Which do you think are more cute - the orange ones or the spotty ones? I can't decide!