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Addressing the special needs of the breeding doe and her kits. Includes nutrition, gestation, nest boxes and materials, and tips to ensure survival of the young.
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#16  Unread postby Zass » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:12 pm


Even though it was my first time seeing it, (and was twice as surprising to see it happen simultaneously in two unrelated does,) I can thank RT for teaching me how to handle does who produce oversized stretched-out kits. A little bit of a diet, and fairly speedy breed-back seems to have solved the problem nicely. :D


Just a quick peek for today, 10 lovely little kits. <3 Parents are black japanese X blue japanese . They look awfully light, but they are two days early, so.. Perhaps there are blacks in there. Still awaiting the second litter. :popcorn:
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#17  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:13 am


:shock: Wow that is a lot of kits! I forget that the meat and larger breeds have such big litters. :oops: :lol: Congratulations! Any of them have the perfect face split? Those are the cutest.

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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#18  Unread postby Zass » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:55 am


Mini Lop Fan wrote::shock: Wow that is a lot of kits! I forget that the meat and larger breeds have such big litters. :oops: :lol: Congratulations! Any of them have the perfect face split? Those are the cutest.


These little guys were a few days early, and the does milk was taking its time coming in. I ended up culling a couple non thriving kits, bringing the litter down to 8 to help ease the situation. Harlis don't seem to make as much milk as the meat buns I've kept in the past.

All are blacks though, just showing me they looked super light at first due to their early b-day. The second doe missed again. She gets one more try.

I'm not terribly impressed by this litter.. Would definitely prefer cleaner markings, but in all, it's a pretty average looking jap litter.
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#19  Unread postby hotzcatz » Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:12 am


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I'd thought the doe hadn't had a litter, so I bred two more and then when checking the nest box to see if it was clean enough for the next doe to use, I found these five under a big clump of wool that kept the top of the nest from moving. Woot! One REW, two black and two torts. English angoras. Now I've got two more does to find a nesting space for, oops!

Here's the same litter a day or two later, the torts are much more tort-like:

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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#20  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:09 pm


Love seeing all these kits! Especially the polish, one of my favorite breeds. :D
My first time chinchilla doe just had a litter of four! I am thinking three are either self blue or blue GTS and the fourth is either a REW or sable point?
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#21  Unread postby hotzcatz » Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:56 am


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Now they're six weeks old and getting to the absurdly cute stage. All five of them are still there, but only three of them are in the picture since the other two black ones were eating out of mom's dish. With six in their hutch space, they have two food dishes now.
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Re: Winter Litters

Post Number:#22  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:49 am


AWWW they are adorable. :) I just love the black torts

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