About a week after the piglets were born, we noticed that their mother, Gidget, had some sort of a cold. Since her body was fighting the cold, she stopped producing milk. We knew that the piglets had colostrum from Gidget and were nursing for the first several days at the very least; they were still healthy and running around but we knew that there's little chance that they transitioned themselves to solid kibble already.
After worrying, wondering, thinking and watching we saw the piglets nursing on Florence. Once they left Florence, I went up to her and squeezed her teats to see if those piglets were drinking anything - and to our amazement and excitement - Florence had milk!
The magic part of this story is that Florence doesn't have any piglets. Her body spontaneously started producing milk for Gidget's piglets. Gidget's since recovered from her cold and now the piglets nurse from both Gidget and Florence.
I don't know if I'd truly believe a story like this if I didn't experience it with our own hogs. We had a UC Davis vet visit our farm this past weekend and she had never heard of anything like this, either. We're so lucky that we get to witness and share in some of Mother Nature's magic. Wow.