Sometime between the early afternoon check and seven tonight Piper had her kits. In the daytime which usually doesn’t happen. I almost didn’t check because she was in front of the door to her cage and she’s been very adamant about pushing it shut on me if she doesn’t want me in there. So I tended to all of the feeding needs of the others while the son took care of all the drip pans. Then we both sat down and watched them for a while and finally Piper got up and moved away from the door so I crept over to top off her food and though I couldn’t see any movement in the nesting box I put my hand in anyway. And I found a squirming mess of babies. Actually, I think I woke them up because they weren’t squirming at first.
I could feel several and none felt dead, but I’m not sure how many there were. Piper started to get a little antsy, so I backed away and then she jumped into the nesting box and just stood there for several minutes so I think she must have been nursing them. We watched her until she got out and settled herself firmly against the cage door.
Tomorrow I will take a piece of carrot out to distract her with and take the nest box out and count them. I am so glad nothing went wrong and that I was just being a worrywart. When you are new at something it can cause some nervousness. I even emailed her breeder who reassured me that everything would be fine and just to wait a bit more, she was a good mother who knew what she was doing. Thankfully we are through the first big hurdle. I hope they all make it through the night and there are no awful surprises come morning.
For now I am just happy that all is as it should be.