~Piggies In a Basement~

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Nine babies born in very cold weather.  They have been transported from our basement out to the waiting mamma Sow!  Since I started this post the other day, the babies have been weaned onto bottles of cow milk, fed every three hours, in our basement.  Hauling them outside for feedings in the freezing temps and even over night was too much work!!!!
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Two sows farrowed during the last two recent snow storms. One lost all of her babies, which were born early and froze up as she farrowed, all but 3, which later she laid on because the cold was to much for the little piglets to move out of the way. These are some big mamma’s! This sow will soon be visiting Mr. Boar. ( a little winter humor to keep the spirits up! )
The next sow farrowed last night and Marisa and Silvana spent most of the night bringing them in the house as they were born and keeping them warm. ALL nine of them!  They kept taking the little piglets out for the mamma to nurse.  Today the pigs are 5 days old.  ( I started this post a few days ago….time flies.)   Hope the weather warms up soon. 
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Winter is here and like it or not, it sure is pretty.
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Even in the wicked cold and snow…………..Life is good……….a wonderful gift from God!
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About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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8 Responses to ~Piggies In a Basement~

  1. Taking care of newborns is never easy, but your posts show that the crush of fall work is letting up a little — you have time to write them now! We are also seeing light at the end of the tunnel, although the fall list is far from done. We are so impressed at your efforts to keep those babies going– we know that it isn’t easy —
    love,
    Beth

  2. Your Favorite Niece says:

    You can keep that snow! It’s 16 degrees here (no snow) and that’s plenty cold! I am running a 13.1 mile half-marathon this weekend… it better warm up or I’m going to be a slow moving icicle! Miss you!!

  3. Anet & Jim says:

    Such a great experience for everyone! Crosby would love to be part of that!

  4. ruth.s.ryland@gmail.com says:

    Too sad about the baby pigs freezing! It’s hard to believe it could be that COLD! What troopers those girls are to spend the cold night taking care of the piglets! My hat’s off to them. Love to all there. In JMJ. Ruth

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    • It really gets bitter cold here. You have to be tough to live here I think. Thanks for the note and love….I’ll pass it on to everyone and especially Peter, Frenchy and the great grandchildren. Love Italian style, Sandra

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