Spring starts at 7:02 AM tomorrow and 10 F is predicted with 16 MPH winds putting the wind chill below zero. Last year it was 80 F. With so much of my life revolving around it, the Weather is never boring.
The litters are doing well. Less than a handful of piglets have died after the first trouble. I’m using more straw now instead of wood shavings for warmth and adding a couple of slices daily.
In the photo below you can see scabbing on some of the piglets faces. This is caused by fighting among the littermates. Piglets are born with eight very sharp “needle” teeth. It’s common in the industry to clip the tip of each tooth off with a sidecut pliers. Sometimes the open wounds can lead to an infection. I don’t clip the teeth and it doesn’t seem to be a problem other than the scabbing.