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Kits all different sizes?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby GBov » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:26 pm


I have spent the last 10 or so days coaxing Taz onto the nestbox to give her litter an extra feed once a day as they all looked so bloody thin, she didn't seem to be making enough milk for them but with the extra time on the nest they have all lived.

Yay!

This is the day 40 litter that has 4 harlequins, 1 tricolor, one broken black and one who's color I have never seen before but omg it is an ultra-rich dark chocolate color and broken to boot. :P

But there is a huge difference in sizes now, one of them is huge, three are what I would call normal for their age - eyes just starting to open - and three of them are scrawny itty bitty things.

If they all got extra feeding, does anyone know why the size difference?

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Re: Kits all different sizes?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby dfr1973 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:12 pm


I've got a litter of 7 like that right now - one is twice the size of most of the others, and there is a runt that is only 2/3 the size of most. Yet Lacey takes good care of them, so I guess the biggest just gets the best teat and the runt gets squeezed off the good ones. I think I may have forgotten to give her raspberry leaves when she kindled - the yellow flies are horrible this year.

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Re: Kits all different sizes?

Post Number:#3  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:29 pm


with mixed genetics from widely different lines..., often kits vary widely in size.. in time, ..as you breed a "closed herd".. this problem goes away...
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby GBov » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:36 pm


michaels4gardens wrote:with mixed genetics from widely different lines..., often kits vary widely in size.. in time, ..as you breed a "closed herd".. this problem goes away...


These are my very first fully pedigree Rex kits, both parents are papered. And the does last kits, peds only on her side, were all much of a muchness, size wise.

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Re: Kits all different sizes?

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Shea » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:48 pm


I would shelve the largest kits for a day/ feeding. It'll give the smaller ones a chance to fill their bellies with little competiotion. I did this with my 1st litter which had 12. Repeated every few days till they had evened out in size.

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Re: Kits all different sizes?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby GBov » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:33 pm


They have all evened out nicely now. So cute.

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