Thursday, March 28, 2013
Dawn's babies stabilized
By this point you've probably noticed the blurry photos Left of Twilight. I had the Lady of the House get photos of her while I was putting her kits back in the nest. You'll notice that all of them are blurry because there was a lot of movement going on the whole time. Top Left in the first photo we just managed to close the main door to keep her from coming around the open side since there is a stone tile keeping her from getting at me. Left the second photo shows her engaging the tile.
I have to say doing the weight checks is interesting, and has helped us do decision making with Dawn's struggling kits. We made the decision last night that if they were still having trouble gaining weight today now that they're getting supplemental warmth, that no matter how much smaller they are we were going to have to mix them with Twilight's kits. With such a huge weight difference survival would be unlikely as the larger kits would push the smaller ones out of the way. But if Dawn's babies hadn't started gaining weight again by today they wouldn't have had any chance as is. Now that they are gaining weight we don't have to, and the Lady of the House and me are much happier about it. It's been a high stress few days since Sunday, and we hope that as the snow finally starts to melt off that things will calm down a bit, and we will have more good news coming from the homestead. I hope everyone enjoyed the short horror movie photo show of Twilight, and that she calms down enough that it doesn't have to be a thing in the near future!
I finally have the weight charts up and available for folks to see.
Dawn's weight chart is a bit depressing but informative. It shows the normal growth up until the freezing water deluge followed by the stagnation.
Dawn's litter weight chart
Twilight's is just impressive especially when compared to the older charts.
Twilight's litter weight chart