November 11th, 2011

Farrowing on a small organic pig farm

I have several scenes in the novel I'm writing that take place on a small, individual-owned, organic free-range pig farm. What I'm trying to figure out are the most likely farrowing arrangements for the pigs, because the novel is set during the spring, right around the time that the sows would likely be farrowing (I think - early April, temperate climate?). During the scenes that take place on the farm, the owner is constantly distracted by the regular chores that go along with running a pig farm during farrowing season ...

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Google topics include: pig farm, free range pig farm, pig farrowing, farrowing hut, organic pig farm farrowing, etc. I've also searched on Youtube, poked around various message boards, and looked through the "animals (misc)" tag here.