I am afraid that poor little Snuffles passed away on Saturday afternoon. I had been feeding him every hour during the day and went to bed at about 2.30am Sat morn and got up at 6am to feed him again and he was very weak. I would have stayed up all night but I had to go to a farmer’s market to sell my quail eggs so needed some sleep.
Anyway I thought he was going to die on Sat morn but after feeding him he was revived and back to normal. My dad took over feeding duty and fed him every half hour whilst I was gone. When I came back I was steeling myself for bad news but was relieved to find that he was well. I went out an hour later to find poor little Snuffles laid out and he was a bit cold and not very lively. He didn’t want any milk and his breathing was very laboured. I held him in my arns and this is where he took his last breath. Although I was very upset I am glad that Snuffles is no longer in pain. He was finding it very hard to breath as one of his nostrils was so bunged up after being bitten by the sow and I think that his heart just gave up, but I have to say that he was a very brave little Snuffles who fought hard to stay alive against the odds. Both my dad and I are very sad and as I write this it still brings tears to my eyes.
Goodbye Snuffles – you will be missed you brave little piglet.
On a happier note I am pleased to say that Lacy and other 8 piglets are doing well and my other sow, Cagney is due to farrow soon.