Baby Problem, Advice Welcome!
Okay our mommy's gave birth one day apart, 1 to 9 babies, 1 to 11 babies. We had them in a huge tank with a partition in the middle to separate the litters so that there would be no fighting over the babies or confusion about who is whose. The partition held well and we thought it was fine, but over one night they somehow managed to get through it (still haven't figured that one out.) We still weren't that concerned because we know all the babies have great genetics and the moms were taking turns helping out with nursing.
Today I'm a little freaked, it seems like only one mom is nursing now and the other one flat refuses. 20 is a lot of babies for one mommy. When I checked for milkbands this morning some had them and some didn't. I know Agatha is nursing 24/7, but it's hard to keep up with that many. I tried to reseparate the mommy's and I put Agnes plus 10 babies without clear milk bands in a very tiny space together. She still flat refused to sit on the babies and when we held her over them they didn't attach, so she's a no go. Now we want to know how to help Agatha, our nursing mommy, out a little and how to make sure as many of the 20 survive and thrive as possible.
At this point I am feeding Agatha big time and keeping lots of water around. Tonight on my way home from work I'm also going to pick up some kmr and a syringe. I figure I can feed once in the morning, Chris can at lunch, and then I can do two feedings at night. That way we can help Agatha supplement the ones that don't seem to be getting enough. Can anyone think of anything else I could be doing? These are great babies from great genetics and I don't want to lose a one.