So, the second Meishan gilt should farrow anytime, though technically she too has 8 days to be on schedule and the Ossabaw sow should be right in their too. I am guessing it is those two sows that have built nests, since the first one is in the hut without any straw at all, plus the littlest piglets cannot get in and out because of a large step. I made a ramp for them and as long as the big pigs do not dislodge it, they can come out. I suspect some of the piglets perished because they were cold, since they do not have any nest at all. I will give them some clean straw this afternoon after coming back from getting dog meat.
There are always strange things on the farm. Some of them make my heart heavy, and I am learning not to count my chickens before they are hatched so to speak. I was worried about having so many piglets and as it turns out, there are only 5 from Clara's litter and 6 from Meishan 1. So, unless the other two sows have successful litters I won't really have much to worry about at all. But, I feel terrible about the loss of those little lives. I really do.