Curly Sue is one of our purebred American Guinea Hogs that is pregnant. She was due to farrow yesterday (Dec. 21). As you can see in the photo, her underline is developing. As of this morning, we could not express any milk, nor is her mammary area warm to the touch. This leads us to believe she may be more than a day out from giving birth. But really, who knows? She's a first time mom and with that said, anything can happen.
If you are unfamiliar with the American Guinea Hog, it is very likely that this type/size of hog was what was common on most homesteads around the time of Laura Ingalls. Remember seeing those wire fences around old farm houses? Some folks say it was to keep the chickens out of the yard, yet many sources believe it was to keep their small breed, family hogs in. With the pigs fenced close to the house, there was a "safe-zone". Since hogs are omnivores, they would keep this area free of snakes, mice and rats, as well as weeds and tall grass.
Guinea Hogs are small, deep-bodied, lard pigs... one of only a few domestic pigs that can survive on pasture alone. In fact, even a small amount of grain can fatten this breed of pig so much so that they may not be able to reproduce. Often, feeding bread and/or a few small scoops of oats with hay is all these pigs need to live well, when being raised in pens. Otherwise, good quality alfalfa/clover/grass-mix hay is all they need during the winter months. We like feeding food scraps as treats. The American Guinea Hog, at adulthood, is only approx. 100 lbs. - perfect if you don't have a lot of room in the freezer at processing time.
We love our little lardos. They love to be scratched/itched and they come running when they see people. They love the attention... and the treats we usually have for them.
Rich & Carol