Put pigs out in their outside run (made of cubes) - boys in one side, girls the other, just like every other day. Went inside to watch a DVD. Came out an hour later. All three adult boars had somehow clawed their way under the cube and coroplast divider and were merrily munching grass with the girls.
*Insert profanity here*
All six girls are under a year (just - some of them, although both the oldest ones have had litters before). What worries me is that some of them are related - ie. there were mothers, fathers, uncles, brothers, sisters, daughters in that run. If none of them were in season, then there´s no problem. However, the chances of one of the six girls being in heat is reasonably high. Do the negative effects of inbreeding show in one generation?
I feel terrible. I´ve had male and female pigs here for over a year, no mishaps, and then this happens. I had no intention of this breeding. If - if - babies result, I will do my damndest to find good homes for them, of course.
Added to this, my brother (whom I share the house with) is making noises about ´How those animals should be kept outside´). Time for a rethink of housing, perhaps.
When my daughter was young, every stuffed animal she had was a girl. It was as though the guys didn´t even exist. It was tough explaining to her that she had a sweet and loving father....(in the house) and that he did in fact belong in the guy classification -- same as her brother.
- Knee Deep