In addition to feeding our pigs a healthy diet, we allow our sows to farrow without farrowing crates. In the winter, we provide shelters and plenty of bedding for mother and babies. In the warmer months, they frequently farrow outside in the sunshine. We keep piglets with their mothers for approximately 8 weeks. Many farmers separate the piglets at 6 weeks and then feed starter feed to make sure the piglets grow well. We have chosen to leave our piglets with their nursing mothers longer so the piglets have a stronger immune system. We make sure to give our sows more food during this time so that they do not lose condition. We do not vaccinate or give hormones of any kind. We treat our animals with garlic, honey, homeopathics, herbs, a good mineral and essential oils.