I hate this. I am trying to be philosophical and not let all the death get to me, but it has really been a hard 10 days and I feel devastated. One of Serenity’s kits held on when she was done nursing and was pulled out of the nesting box. It was the biggest one, too. For its greed it froze to death. It wouldn’t have taken long as the fur wasn’t completely in yet. In warmer weather it might have stood a chance. Now both Lola and Serenity are down to 7 kits each. I was so optimistic at the larger litter sizes, too. I guess that is what they call counting your chickens before they hatch. Or even after they hatch since so much can happen to a baby.
I am trying not to second guess myself about the two pregnant does who will deliver mid-December, thinking I shouldn’t have bred them. I know it is no use to think that now. But I am afraid I will be dealing with more death when their litters are born. Of course I may be dealing with more death from the others as well. If I can just get them to two weeks old they will be able to jump in and out of the nesting box on their own.
At least the 5 week old kits are all doing well. Colossus almost weighs a pound. He has recovered beautifully. He is nowhere near the size of his siblings, but he is going strong and they don’t pick on him at all. Here are their weights:
Sweetie Belle’s First Litter at 5 Weeks:
Kit 1: 1 lb 9.5 oz
Kit 2: 1 lb 12.7 oz
Kit 3: 1 lb 14.1 oz
Kit 4: 1 lb 8.2 oz
Kit 5: 1 lb 10 oz
Kit 6: 1 lb 14.1 oz
Kit 7: 1 lb 9.2 oz
Kit 8: 1 lb 12.9 oz
Kit 9: 1 lb 8 oz
Total Litter Weight: 15 lb 2.7 oz
Amount Gained This Week: 7 lb 2.6 oz
Piper’s Fifth Litter at 5 Weeks:
Kit 1: 15. 1 oz (Colossus)
Kit 2: 2 lb 1 oz
Kit 3: 2 lb 1.2 oz
Kit 4: 2 lb 2.6 oz
Kit 5: 2 lb 4.2 oz
Kit 6: 1 lb 13.8 oz
Total Litter Weight: 11 lb 5.9 oz
Amount Gained This Week: 4 lb 3.4 oz
Both litters gained very well this week, but Piper’s kits are huge in comparison to the one day older litter of Sweetie Belle’s. At least those kits are all doing well.
We finished weaning Phoebe’s kits so she is on her own now and seems quite happy with that state of affairs. We finally took away Piper’s nesting box because Colossus can jump to the feeder from the cage floor now. Plus we put in a cup feeder lower on the cage as well.
Not much else going on here. I am just hoping and praying we don’t lose anymore kits.