As I have touched on, Miss Piggy and Kermit are going to freezer camp, leaving just apple to grow thoughout the winter. Pigs are very much herd animals and its unfair to grow out a single pig, they do so much better if there is at least of their own with them..
So I was on the look out for a second weaner piglet to add to the farm, and lucked out in being able to have a friend find Ella for me.. she bought a number of piglets to raise for herself and that meant that we got a overall reduced price per piglet.
Ella is a female piglet with great build and conformation she is a white and black spotted gal, so so cute! She is not that friendly yet, but its coming, she will let me touch her a bit already without running away, she is getting bold enough to come up and touch my hand with her snout.. she is watching her big sister Apple, who loves her rubs and pats, so that will help a great deal in taming her down.
Apple and Ella are not staying on the farm as breeding females, they are being raised till typical butcher size and then will be going to freezer camp.. Having said that, they will keep each other company over the winter, sleeping together, playing together and in general making sure both of them enjoy life on the farm.
But do not worry, they are going to be put to work, they will be moved from deep packed pen to pen in the big barn and will work to break up and turn the compost, I love the difference between regular packed bedding vs Pig turned bedding.. Night and DAY!
Then I am going to train them both to hot wire as I plan to use them a great deal in the spring as garden helpers. They will turn soil, they will spread and turn in bedding, they will dig up wild parsnip spring roots and eat them all up.
I think they are working for me.. they think they are having a blast doing what pigs do!
The best of both worlds.. and in the end.. Happy Pigs-Happy Farmgal