Does can sometimes abandon a litter in stressful situations. I don’t know if that’s the case here. Have you left them with the mom even though you’re trying to hand feed? Ideally, you would be able to catch the doe nursing, or possibly place a camera on the cage so you can review the recording later if she is.ok thanks. do you think that the doe has nursed them at all? after all, they have survived this long until i started hand feeding them...
thank you! the photos are after they have been handfed so they may be a bit misleading... how do i ensure that the doe eats and drinks properly? they are on top of a sweater with it folded over them. do you think that this will keep them warm enough?Hi, they look well fed I would just leave them with their mother just make sure they are warm and she eats/drinks well herself. They are max one week old now they look pretty good.
We don’t know if the other ones starved to death. Without pictures of the deceased kits, and based on how they acted just before death they could’ve passed from other causes.How I would do it is I would start them on the milk replacer while they had still some of the mother's milk in their tummy, or find a foster Doe. That's how I would do it. I certainly would not allow them to starve to death and do nothing. That's plain cruelty. three of them already starved to death so I don't see what point you're making by saying that they couldn't still be alive if the mother wasn't feeding them.
I would, however, never hand feed an Internet troll... That's for their mother to do.