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Date Posted: 06:40:40 07/23/07 Mon
Author: Beverly
Subject: I had a similar situation here, Mary, with ..
In reply to: Mary 's message, "Babies" on 00:08:23 07/22/07 Sun

(I had a similar situation here, Mary, with ...) a litter of three. In my case, one pup seemed bigger, one seemed 'about right', and the third, small and 'too skinny'. What I did was begin to take the large pup out, for a bit of handling, several times during the day, while giving the other two more time with momma. I did consider supplemental feeding for the little one, but worried that I'd do more harm than good (formula is not as perfect a food as the momma's milk). I also made sure I gave momma as many wax worms as she'd eat, to make sure her milk was as rich as possible. The three pups all grew up fine, and the smaller pup eventually caught up, in size. Their momma was very tame, of course, and didn't seem too concerned with my interference. You will have to consider your Ms. Bubbles, and her disposition toward you, in making your decision. Also, if Ms. Bubbles can, she may decide to move her pups to another nesting location, to thwart your daily efforts. My momma had only the bathroom from which to choose nests, so was still pretty confined, and only moved 'one box over, one time', with the litter. Good luck to you, and the three new 'bubbles'.

>Good morning to all; Agnes, glad you are back with us.
> I have a question about babies. Ms. Bubbles delivered
>3 pups nine days ago; all are doing well. Two are the
>size that they should be at this age, however, one is
>half the size. Thusfar it seems to be holding its
>own, today was the first time I was able to take them
>out of the nest box and check them. Should I be
>concerned about its size and try to supplement
>feedings? I'm worried that the other two may push it
>around a bit and it won't get enough milk. I hate
>calling them "it" but I only had them out long enought
>to make sure they were okay.

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