April 4, 2017
Well we have exciting news at our place.
A mother Pig lost her baby and it wandered onto my land and survived the dog pack. Amazing she must belong on this aina..
I let the dogs out for one last run at 11:15pm. About 20 minutes into this moment of peace and quiet came barking and squealing. I really didn’t know why my dogs were barking so crazy wild. They really don’t bark unless there is something present.
In my pajamas, which consists of boxer shorts and a tank top, I threw on my rubber barn boots and headed out to the dogs. I wrangled up the dogs one by one. I still didn’t see anything until I got the last dog in. That’s when I spotted the tiny 16 ounce water bottled sized black piglet.
So back out I go again to now get the pig before a dog gets a hold of it. Now it’s about Midnight and I finally have chased down the little buckaroo. It was the highest pitch squeal I have ever heard. All the way up to the house. Dogs are howling at the tops of their lungs. Neighbors are turning on their porch lights.
I am pretty sure the mother and her piglets were disturbed by my dogs. I could hear all the dogs on the block howling one by one as the mother headed out of dodge…
I am just thinking “What has god given me now. I am running around trying to find something to put this little piggy in. Laughing the whole time. I spot the dog’s food container I just washed still on the front porch… Put midnight in there so I could collect my thoughts. Then it was like I just put the piglet in front of a microphone with the speaker on high… Oh my…
Ran around to the back and got the dog carrier and some old clothes and stuffed them inside. Put the piggy inside and locked her in my office. Another moment to catch my breath and figure out what my next move is.
I decided to give Midnight some warm milk to sooth her cries… She was a sleep in seconds after that.
April 5, 2017
The next morning starts the journey of caring for Midnight Cowgirl.
I know nothing about farm animals. But thank technology for the internet. I found information on pot belly pigs, but not on raising a Feral Pig. But still found wonderful advice on the feeding regiment. Good thing a friend of a friend raises pigs also. Her advice was to get Colostrum Supplement and Uni-Milk by Manna Pro.
I built her a “Crib” 72” long x 23” wide. She comes out to eat and do her bathroom duties and back in the carrier for a nap inside my office, which has become her residence. It’s the only place that will stay warm all day and night. Since there is no mom to keep her warm she must stay warm. 90 Degrees to be exact is the optimal temperature for her..
5 dogs, 6 chickens and now a baby pig.
So here we are today April 8, 2017 and Midnight Cowgirl is thriving.
April 8, 2017
I am exhausted from the hour to 2 hour feedings. But she sleeps through the night which is awesome. Too bad I can’t get my dogs to do that.
She is becoming very playful and needs a yard to run around in and a friend. Gave Midnight a big ball to play with. Big for her we’ll say!!!
Fed her some ground up oatmeal and apple with her Colostrum Supplement (by Manna Pro) today.
She seems to have dandruff. I put a little Diatomaceous Earth on her to get rid of the fleas and ticks or lice. What ever it may be I wanted it dead. She is still to small to give her DE in her food. DE is Great for keeping any un-wanted pests from her inside and outside.
Going to mount the camera in her crib so I can get all the action footage. I am sure everyone will enjoy “Midnight Cowgirl’s” antics. As she grows and explores.