It’s been an exciting few days at the farm. As the piglets are now seven weeks old it is weaning time - this is when they stop having Pokey's milk and move to having only pig nuts. Consequently, last Friday Pokey had to say her final farewells to her eight little piggies and move back up to the top field with Chewey. She is a great mummy but never seems bothered when she has to leave them!
Five of the piglets had already been moved the day before so now we only have three little boys left, which is very sad! They will be joining their sisters in two weeks time at the lovely farm down the road. The farmer who will be looking after them has a friend who is a cheese maker. The main bi-product of cheese production is whey, and instead of throwing it all away, the cheese maker brings it to the farm and it is given to the pigs that adore it! Everyone’s a winner!
Pokey’s trip up to the top field was very straight forward although half way up she did look rather tired (watch the video clip above)! She was definitely pleased to see Chewey and be back in the great outdoors.
To make the last three piggies feel more at home with out their mummy, I made them a nest in the straw and put a big black bucket into the sty which they seemed to like playing with. Over the weekend they were constantly entertained by my youngest daughter and her friend Rueben, who played in the straw with them for ages, setting up piglet obstacle courses using pignuts!
Apparently the sun is going to come out this week, just in time for my gorgeous niece’s naming ceremony on Saturday so fingers crossed!