Saturday, April 03, 2010
Midwife To A Pig
I was raking and cleaning up the yard when I decided to check on Ms. Scarlett. She was in labor and not very happy so I decided to sit with her for a little while. I started out sitting outside her stall and just talking but she had other ideas. She got up and came right over to plop her huge self right beside me and lay her head in my lap. I was surprised but started rubbing her back and talking to her. The harder her labor got the more she would want me to rub and talk. Ms. Scarlett was determined I wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. Felt so bad for the pain she was having and said a little prayer it would go fast and easy for her. Right away she started pushing for her firstborn. Ms. Scarlett decided to sit up to have it and the little piglet came fast! She turned and looked at it then looked at me and laid down to start pushing for the next one. I went in the stall and got the piglet, cleaned it up, cut and tied the cord. I tried to see if she wanted it but she let me know to keep it. I held it in my lap while trying to call William to come home and help. (He was tilling a garden) The next piglet popped right out, Ms. Scarlett looked at and looked at me so I got that one and started cleaning it up too. After cutting and tying the cord she was already pushing out the third one. My lap had 2 piglets and Ms. Scarlett's head in it while I was cutting and tying the third cord. I needed help and tried to call William again. I tried to take the piglets out of the stall but Ms. Scarlett didn't like that. I brought them back and held them in my lap. She loved being able to see them but didn't want them near her while she was in labor. William finally arrived with his helper Taylor. I turned the cleaning and cord tying over to the two of them and I went and sat in the stall with Ms. Scarlett. I put the piglets on the other side of me. They were hungry and wanting to nurse so I was getting bites and tugs all over from these tiny ones. If I happened to slip up and let one get by me to Ms. Scarlett she would look right at me and scold me till I put the piglet back on the other side of me. It seemed like a very long time but was only about 1 hour until she had delivered all her babies. Each piglet when born had to be shown to her then we could take it and clean it up. The last piglet was stillborn. Ms. Scarlett knew and didn't even look at it when William held it for her to see. The whole labor and delivery found me sitting in the middle of a pig stall with Scarlett laying next to me all the time and parttime with her head in my lap. And with 9 piglets trying to have me for lunch. It was amazing. Most sows are very protective of the piglets. She seemed to trust me right away and let me take care of them while she labored. I tried to tell her I knew nothing bout birthing no babies but she wouldn't listen! Meanwhile dear old Rhett stood in his pen enjoying the sun and frankly not giving a da*n. Ms. Scarlett and piglets are doing fine. She lets me in the pen with her and them without any problem. One got out of the stall and couldn't get back in and she let me pick it up and put it back with the others. She is such a sweet gentle momma. Took me a long shower to get the mud, poo and piggy smell washed away but boy was it worth it!