Nancy Hildebrandt

Tammy and piggies

Another visit from Tammy

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 22 Oct 2019

Tammy came in October to see the piggies again. There are lots more piglets since last time she came, though they’re growing fast. I also got a new scratcher in the meantime.

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Clare the pig whisperer

The Pig Whisperer

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 29 Sep 2019

There’s currently a preponderance of smaller pigs: besides one boar and two sows, there are 6 teenagers and 11 piglets. They are heritage breeds, so all of them are pretty small as pigs go. Yesterday there was a rather large group of people here for a gathering, and there’s a natural inclination to go where…

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Portable mud bath

The piglet days of summer

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 06 Aug 2019

Princess farrowed 11 piglets on June 24, and it was unsurprising that two were already dead when I found her nest shortly after giving birth. I don’t think she has that many teats, and even 9 is a huge number for a small heritage breed. Normally I’d have closed the connecting gate into that pasture…

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Heavy rain on the way

Life ends, life begins

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 21 May 2019

It’s been a while since my last post. Winter ended with a bang here: over a foot of snow for over a week in February and March, then suddenly some sunny warm weather, then a few days of torrential rains and bad flooding of large rivers like the Willamette, then very warm sunny weather for…

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Piglets outside with Princess

Day 10: A passle of piglets

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 06 Jan 2019

Log since piglets were born on December 23: December 24. All eight piglets accounted for in the morning, but by evening I counted only 7. The corpse showed up in the shelter a few days later. December 27. The vet came out to castrate whichever piglets were unfortunate enough to be born male. Most people…

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Princess's second suckle

Piglets for Christmas!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 23 Dec 2018

It’s been a very windy and wet day, and I went out to feed this afternoon. In the rainy weather I feed the pigs inside their roomy dry shelter, and the ritual is that the group stays outside the shelter gate while I dump their food inside, then I wait until they get a little…

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Princess and her farrowing hut

Princess has a palace!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 22 Dec 2018

Pasture pigs are so easy. Moms do all the farrowing work themselves, making their own nest away from the others. When Momma disappeared for a day last July, I spent a day looking for her. I finally found her and three new piglets under a blackberry thicket. I know that Princess should be farrowing right…

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Up close with Annie

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 18 Sep 2018

On a beautiful fall day, my friend Annie enjoyed the first day of her vacation by visiting and saying hi to the pigs. She has a gentle spirit and the piggies loved hanging out with her, as you can see. And a big milestone – Baby Market has let me scratch his back in the…

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Welcome Princess!

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 10 Sep 2018

Four boars against one sow. Didn’t seem fair, and after netting only one piglet from Momma’s last farrow, I decided to look for another female and found the perfect one: Princess! A gilt who’s just a year old. She’s mostly kune kune, so similar size and age to my bunch, and when I read that…

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Market eating an apple from Jenn

Pigging out on Jenn’s apples

By Nancy Hildebrandt / 10 Aug 2018

I visited Jenn’s farm today and we picked up enough windfall apples to fill several boxes. By the time I got home, the cab of my ranch truck smelled unusually fragrant, in an unusually good way. The pigs got a box this evening, and they thank you, Jenn!  

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