Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and nine of that project.

This quilt block shows a bunch of pigs against a blue background. In the center of the block is a light skin colored large sow lying on her side. Underneath the sow are six pink piglets curled up and suckling on her. There are little curly-q tails at the end of each. On the sow's back is single pig facing the camera with his little two front legs visible. His face is drawn in with a black pen.
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All baby critters are cute and baby piglets are among the cutest.

This is most often the pose you will find a fresh litter of piglets in. Mama pig lays on her side and softly grunts while the piglets tuck in.

The gestation period for a sow is 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days.

A sow can have 2 litters a year and up to 10 in a lifetime. However, she reaches her peak at the 4th farrowing.

10 live piglets make a good-sized litter. Unfortunately, stillbirths are not uncommon in such large litters.

In small farming operations, piglets stay with their mothers for 6-8 weeks. Additionally, sows are not crated and are allowed to interact and move freely with their litter.

Happy sows and happy piglets.