So here is a current picture of Riptide, our boar.
The snow is starting to melt, and the winter pig yard is quite muddy. They love it.
Rip is talking to his wife through the wire as she is confined on the other side.
She listens. Rip has been sleeping just on his side of the wire. He digs a body sized depression with his snout, all the while shoring up a mini-mud wall around his body hole, then lays down. When he gets up, the hole is dry, surrounded by mud-melt. Pigs are very smart!
The reason Moose is confined; she just had babies.
This is her first litter. She is an enormous pig, and should have had more than 4, but they all lived, and she did everything exactly right. We don't have any intention of getting rid of her, so hopefully her next litter will be bigger.