Meanwhile, I had a front-row "seat" to learning how to castrate pigs ... I had to hold them because Caroline took a wrong step the day before and had a swollen knee under her knee brace. Castrating pigs is a lot like caponizing chickens; just no rib spreader needed.
I got picks of the litter, since Frank and Caroline plan to eat the remaining pigs, including Miss Piggy. I picked the solid, heavy black gilt (baby female) as soon as I netted her. She ended up breaking the net frame, she's so heavy compared to her siblings. Even without catching the one, I am sure she is the biggest of the six. Her name is Cerridwen (pronounced "Kerr-a-dwynn", the Welsh goddess who sometimes appeared as a big black sow). I compared the red gilt to the spotted gilt, and saw the red one was wider through the body, so that was my second girl and I named her Annie Sue, from The Muppet Show. As for my newly-cut barrow (pig equivalent to a capon), his name is Boston Butt.
|3 little piggies|
my only somewhat-clear pic of Boston
|Cerridwen and Annie Sue,|
each trying to HOG the food
|working on the pig pen|
|Molly, Flora, and Tangie|