Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Santa Brought Piggies!

Magnolia waited for the snow to melt before having her second litter. I can't blame her, it's been really cold lately. Six new Guinea Hogs were born on December 29 in 20-degree weather, and the poor dears had to burrow in the hay all day just to stay warm. Thankfully, the weather warmed up considerably over the next week, and the new arrivals have been exploring their pen and enjoying the sunshine as much as possible.

Magnolia is a girl makin' machine. She had 4 girls and 2 boys this time. We have Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Donner . . .

. . . and Rudolph!
Actually, you can name yours anything you want!
There are 2 girls and 1 boy still available, and they can leave the farm as early as February 9th.


  1. I've just discovered your blog. We are looking into getting a breeding pair of heritage pigs and I am interested in the American Guinea Hog. I like their small size and ease of handling. My husband and I will be doing the butchering ourselves in our meat shop and it will be much easier to handle a hog of that size than a very large one. I look forward to learning more about these hogs from your blog!

  2. Nice to meet you Goodwife. Guinea Hogs are wonderful animals, and we highly recommend them. We slaughter and butcher our hogs for personal consumption, and we'll be doing just that this weekend. If I have time, I'll take some pictures and blog about the experience. If not, here's a link to an earlier blog about our process if you are interested -

  3. Thanks! We've done hogs before, but always just your regular garden variety feeder pig. I'd be very interested in your post. I'm also excited about these hogs because of the lard content. We just had a hog done at the locker and requested they save me the fat. They didn' I asked about it. They said they would get me some fat but there just isn't much fat on the typical feeder pig anymore. I love my lard so am excited about these pigs. I'm looking for breeding stock now. We are in Illinois and have contacted people in southern Illinois as well as Indiana.