Piglets Get Vaccinated

by melissa on February 11, 2015

Yesterday was a milestone for the piglets…they received their first vaccinations.

It also is a milestone in the apprenticeship. Nothing makes you think and act more quickly than the high-pitched squeal of the piglets when they get picked up, and the answering (and somewhat threatening) angry grunts and protests from the sow. Peggy Sue, no matter that she is one of the nicest, sweetest pigs we’ve had at the farm, goes into full maternal mode when it seems like one of her piglets is under threat, which is exactly what she thought yesterday when Bryan, Stephanie, and Kate worked with Tim to round up the little pigs and give them several needles full of medicine.

The job got done though, as you can see below. (Please, excuse the picture quality as they were moving quickly, and I didn’t want to use the flash, which might have further upset the animals).

A quick meeting to discuss strategy for getting the vaccinations done in a neat fashion.

A quick meeting to discuss strategy for getting the vaccinations done in a neat fashion.

Piglets trying to decide what was going on...

Piglets trying to decide what was going on…

Peggy Sue also wanted to see what was going on.

Peggy Sue also wanted to see what was going on.

For this one piglet, Kate held her while Bryan injected her with the vaccines.

For this one piglet, Kate held her while Bryan injected her with the vaccines.

The newly vaccinated piglet will run back over to the other side of the pen to be with its siblings again.

The newly vaccinated piglet will run back over to the other side of the pen to be with its siblings again.

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