We love that our sows are able to give birth (farrow) naturally in the forest. The sows quite classically isolate themselves from the rest of the pig herd ~24 hours before giving birth. They pick a favourite spot in the forest and they build themselves a nest. This typically involves them cleaning out a circular area with a diameter slightly longer than the length of the sow. They collect branches from the cleared area and from the surrounding area and build up an outer edge on their nest with these branches. The sows typically stay at the nest with the young for about 7 days before they join the herd with the little ones. Given that these animals are under our care, we always go out into the forest and try to find them. The sows can be quite protective of their nest and young, so we don't typically visit for long. We do a quick check of mom and babies. We provide a bowl of water. And then we leave them alone. It is a pretty amazing experience to see and hear the sow in her carefully built nest with her young. Here are a few pictures. It is really hard to capture these moments without being there for the 360 degree view and to hear and see the sow and piglets talking to one another....it gives me goose bumps, especially when I think about the setting in which most domestic pigs give birth and spend their first week post delivery.