Okay...not the best picture of her, I know...but let's just say the pig is coming along GREAT! She is SUPER active, a good healthy little eater, LOVES her quart of fresh goat milk at each meal (is a total pain in the butt until she gets it too!) and she is getting THICK! For real, she is one solid girl! I went out there this morning, armed with my measuring tape, to do her first weigh in....
I had wanted to weigh her once a month, and didn't get an actual weight on her when she arrived either (wasp stung me that day...I think I mentioned it...In a post titled "Meet Breakfast"
She couldn't have been more than 20 lbs and was in all honesty probably closer to about 10 or 15 pounds when she arrived. She was maybe 4 - 6 weeks old...I'm betting closer to 4 weeks and TINY! I forget how little BIG pigs actually start out LOL. She was perfect though, and still is, she's just much bigger! They start so small, they grow SO fast, and they taste like bacon :)
So...anyways...out I headed with my soft measuring tape (like quilters and sewers use).
I know - you're like "WHAT???" How do inches convert to POUNDS???? But, they do....not perfectly, not 100% accurately, but VERY close! It is described pretty well, complete with a few pictures here at The Pig Site
You first measure from the base of the tail to right between the base of the ears - down the spine basically. I got 26 inches (or there abouts...she was nose deep in her milk pan, so I was trying to work quick before she got done and was squirmy). She sure is Loooonnnngggg and has a nice loin on her!
THEN you must measure their "heart girth" - basically you measure just behind their front legs, around where their heart is inside of them...often times easier said then done...thankfully she was still sucking on her milk....I got 24 inches...which may be off a tad...but close enough, I just want a guess of how much she has gained right?
Okay...so NOW here comes the math part...grab your calculator (or cell phone or whatever does your math for you unless you are super bright and can do it in your head)....
GIRTH X GIRTH X LENGTH
________________________ === WEIGHT OF PIG
So, for me it was 24 x 24 x 26 = 14976 / 400 =37.44
ALMOST FOURTY ONE POUNDS!!! I KNEW IT! I knew she was at least that much :) It's been extra hot here lately = so she isn't eating as much or growing quite as fast as she could be, but overall I think she is doing good.
There's the porky update for the month .....And that is how you weigh a pig :)