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Old 12-03-2010, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,i have babies that are 12 days old and the cage stunk and my wife cleaned it not knowing she wasn't supposed to while I was at work and I came home to her putting the last piece of bedding in.so I freaked out and put the momma and babies back in to see what they would do.well alba (the momma) starts freaking out and running all around the cage trying to escape but them settled down and I thought alright everything is okay then she starts putting babies in her mouth and running and looked like trying to kill.so I removed all the babies (3) and put them in their own cage.today alba looks depressed and won't move or go in her igloo she just lays there.do you think I should try to put the babies back and hope for the best or should I hand feed them.and if I hand feed them should I still use a syringe or put ebsilac in a low lid? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How long ago did you take the babies away? Have you been feeding them? Babies need to be fed every 2 hours, round the clock. If you haven't been feeding them, they need food immediately.

I'd try putting one baby back and see what happens. Put it to her teat and see if she will start nursing it. If she does, give her another. Since she is lying out in the open, put a piece of fleece over her so she is covered and private. Even if she starts dragging baby around, give her time. Mom's can often freak out over changes but sometimes they just drag babies around and then settle down. The babies have a better chance with mom than being hand fed.
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you nancy I took them out around 11 and have been hand feeding and leaving them a dish since then and my wife has been doing the same all day will try your suggestion tonight
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Success! Put all the babies back in last night and when i woke up this morning to feed alba she was sleeping and all the babies were there suckling. And apparently, what i saw two days ago was okay, because i watched closely last night while introducing the babies that she would grab one in her mouth and run around a bit but she wasn't shaking it, she was apparently just sniffing the air. She would put the babies down eventually.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That is great news.
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