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Cold weather litter

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Marinea » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:56 pm


So, a first time doe kindled early this morning, right when the cold weather hit. She made a nest, and pulled a bit of fur, but did not cover the kits. By the time I found them, all 10 were cold and apparently lifeless.

I took them inside, tossed a towel in the dryer, and warmed it up. I placed the kits in the dryer on the warm towel, and crossed my fingers. After 90 minutes of repeating the process, I was able to save four of the kits. I made sure they got a good meal just now, and they are resting comfortably in my guest room.

Just a reminder that "warm and dead" can make all the difference.
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Re: Cold weather litter

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:10 am


They would arrive on just about the coldest night of the winter so far . . . and that's saying something. You did well to save four. :goodjob:

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Re: Cold weather litter

Post Number:#3  Unread postby akane » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:11 pm


My first ones I actually just stuck in a plastic container and floated it in a pot of water on the stove very low because heck it's the quickest source of heat in the house. A stove is instant warmth and the burners are the most adjustable part.
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