Hmmm, when the close to 400 pd expecting and I am pretty sure in labour pig breaks out, and decides that she is going to dig her own ditch to be in, no amount of bribes, cookies, water or feed means the slightess thing to her.. so what heck can I do.. I built a panel pen around her chosen spot, hauled her fresh water,picked up the rocks that she had flung out of the dug bed and wait for J to come home and hope to heck that with two of us, we can have better luck then I did..
At least watching her was interesting, the dug bed had to be two full bodies long, a body and half wide, and half a body deep, with flattened and packed slooped sides.
Having said that, I really want her to birth in the just cleaned, fluffy bedding in her pen..
Pigs can be quite dangerous, and new mothers can be awesome or they can turn on a dime and become the most stubborn, protective homorone filled bear of a momma, and the idea of trying to move the piglets crying is just bad news all the way around, I like birthing to be calm and relaxed as it can be..
Update two: I would love to tell you that Dh coming home made the differance but I would be telling a tall tale, I would like to tell you that I figure it out, but again.. not so.. Miss Piggy just stood up, walked to the gate that I had not closed, gave a push, and went around the barn, into the barn, down to her stall and walked in and had a drink, at which time I close the gate which I had already fixed and which is currently being re-enforced by DH right now..
Two hours of work in part of the hottest part of the day, and in the end, she just say.. naa, I will head back to my pen, thanks for the visit.. Update to follow..