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Need help caring for a newborn litter

1256 Views 7 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  Wight Isle Stud
Well, I wasn't planning on starting breeding for a little while, at least until I was ready and absolutely sure what I was doing.

I have arranged to buy a breeding pair from someone in Derby, and found out that the doe was pregnant. I thought she was in the early stages, but it turns out that she was bordering on giving birth. The kid rung me the other day and said she had given birth to nine little pups. I'm picking up the pair on tuesday and I'm going to take a wild guess and say that in a couple of weeks, she's gonna be pregnant again, because I think the buck and doe are being housed together all the time.

So now is a better time than any to ask, what do I need to do to take care of them? Any specific dos and don'ts, anything that's best to feed the doe and the little ones? It would be a big help for now and the future if I got help from anyone, rather than having to look it up online. Because the net really isn't the best way to go about it.

As soon as I pick them up, I am going to split the pair so hopefully no more breeding.
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Thanks Sarah.

How long would you suggest keeping them with their mum? And when is the best time to seperate them so they don't all start inbreeding? Also, culling wise, I'm not that keen on culling. Is there any way I could possibly help mum by hand raising some or is that completely impossible?
Okay, thank you for your help Sarah.

Would you mind if I got back to you with any other questions, if I think of any?
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