We bought our American Guinea Hogs the first week in September, 2011. The sow, Charlotte, was so grossly overweight that she could hardly take three steps without collapsing, and though she had a litter of ten piglets, by the time we got her, she had already crushed six of them. Her hooves were terribly overgrown, due to lack of exercise, and we trimmed them the next day after bringing her home. The four babies we put in a small dog carrier and had them in the cab of the pickup with us so they would not get crushed, or cold, in the trailer on the 5 hour drive home with Charlotte, and our new dairy cow Gert and a three month old dairy steer, True, we bought for the freezer in a year. Here is Charlotte three weeks after we got her, on Oct. 1, 2011 and she has already lost a lot of weight, eating fresh grass and getting a lot of exercise.
Baby porkers October 1, 2011, about six weeks old: Lucy, Henrietta and Drake (he sounds just like a duck.) Our dear Onslow (from the British comedy “Keeping Up Appearences”) died a couple of weeks after we got him.
Avalanche waiting to happen? The fatty pants have eaten tunnels in the hay. December 24, 2011. Charlotte has slimmed down and they all enjoy sleeping in the sun during the winter days and in the barn at night, eating hay, alfalfa and kitchen scraps.
They are such friendly little hogs. Here is Lucy in May 2012, sitting on the porch waiting for a belly rub. She is 8 months old here.
And no matter how uncomfortable it is, anyplace to flop down for a belly rub, is just fine.
Enjoying the day on June 22, 2012, growing well on the lush green grass.
August 2, 2012, obviously very pregnant.
And August 3rd, 2012, Lucy trying to make her fat tummy feel better.
August 8th, 2012 Lucy had nine piglets this morning, four of them stillborn. The five are doing well, and it is about 1pm and Lucy seems fine, but has not gotten up yet. Still has signs of afterbirth not expelled.