The piglets are doing well and Maud is proving to be an extremely attentive mother. Sadly the little runt, named Minnie, died on Saturday morning after a valiant effort by Lovely Hubby to keep her alive. He spent two sleepless nights bottle feeding her and making sure she was kept warm all the time, but obviously it was not meant to be. He is, however, glad he gave her a fighting chance.
The rest are doing fine and huddle together like this in the back corner of the ark whenever Mum goes out for her feed. They are a delightful mix of their parents with their Mums' pink colouring but the black of their father on their rear ends (and eyebrows in a couple of instances). Gorgeous sturdy little babies, and they were even playing out briefly yesterday in the weak winter sunshine.
It has brought me to the realisation though, that I am struggling to reconcile breeding pigs for sale, and vegetarianism. We are in the process of re-evaluating where we go from here.