As you can see they are well formed, and in good physical condition. I wasn't able to get a picture of their milk bellies because they move too much, and it doesn't show up well on black kits. From their starting colors we are expecting very similar coloration to Dawn's first litter. I know there will be interesting things learned about Dawn and Umbra's genetics if that is the case, but I can't claim to fully get it, so I'll leave that to a post by the Lady of the House.
The first two litters are all averaging 4 pounds or larger at this point, and we will be butchering them next Saturday at some point as the Lady of the House mentioned last post. It'll be a bit of a tough day for us I'm certain, but this is what we have been preparing for since we got started.
Dawn Litter 2 1 2 3 4 5 Ave Dawn Litter 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Ave
7/18/2012 Evening 73 71 70 68 65 69.4 5/3/2012 71 67 65 65 54 54 52 47 59.375
7/19/2012 Morning 77 75 74 70 68 72.8 5/4/2012 80 75 73 66 56 52 49 48 62.375
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Dawn 1 Dawn 2 Sunny 1
Dawn's first and second litters have some differences that are interesting to me in terms of the weight charts. First and most obvious is how much less variation there is between the smallest and the largest. The difference from largest to smallest for Dawn's second litter is 8 grams, in her first litter it was 24 grams. Even if you ignore the two babies that didn't make it later, the difference was 17 grams. A much larger difference. The average weight of the second litter is much higher than the first despite having the biggest baby be not quite as big by the morning of the day after they were born.
While the smaller size of the litter is unfortunate, part of that is due to the baby we found out of the nest and dead. Otherwise it would be the same size of living babies. I will be interested to see if Dawn's second litter maintains the closer grouping of weights than the first litter throughout the growth process.
Dawn's first litter is currently at an average of 2046.3 grams or 4.5 lbs. The biggest of them is 2190 grams or 4.8 lbs, and the smallest is 1860 grams, or 4 lbs. All in all a respectable set of weights. They would be ok to butcher now, but letting them grow out until Saturday the 28th will put more weight on them.
Sunny's litter is currently at an average of 1875.5 grams or 4.1 lbs. The largest of them is 2007 grams or 4.4 lbs, and the smallest is 1677 grams or 3.7 lbs. With their higher growth rate than Dawn's litter they will all be within a good butchering weight by butchering day.