Since I dumped my facebook I don’t have access to the wonderful AGH group anymore, I need some advice in case there are any AGH or pig people out there. (Thank you Kelli for your advice, and I still am not sure I should try and go in yet to see if there are any piglets stuck, because she is not straining.)
Before I left this morning Lucy was making her nest so I knew she was close to having her piglets. When I got home from picking up N from camp, Lucy had already had three piglets and they looked like they never did breathe, but there was one alive. The little piglet is doing well, but mama Lucy is not. It seems that she would have more piglets inside, as four is not very many, but she does not really seem to be straining, but she is breathing extremely fast and has been for several hours. I can’t get her up at all and tried everything to get her up. She can move and every once in a while she must get up because she has laid back down on the other side. I got her to drink a bit of water with black strap molasses in it, and she ate a bit of a peach that I cut up for her, but then spit some out. (Pig people will understand how unusual that is that she won’t eat.)
I appreciate any advice and I sure am nervous about that one piglet for tonight as it does get cold, especially since Lucy lost all her piglets this winter.
and as an aside, Annabelle is heartbroken, but I relieved her of 2 gallons of colostrum and she is eating, and I got the calf out of the meadow so she no longer has to stand over it and mourn.