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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2002, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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How do you wean your kits?

I have always heard that you should just seperate the kits from mom to wean them. Today someone mentioned to me that she does it gradually over a 4-day period. How do you do it?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2002, 12:34 PM
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When I did it, I just took Camden away from mom, after watching him eat solid foods for a few days. Then just monitored his eating/drinking.

I did give him some 'visit' time over the next week though, so it wasn't overly rough on him.

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I just take the kits away from mom. I weigh them when I take them out and everyday for 5 days. If I notice to much of a weight loss (more than 5 grams) I will put them back with mom every few hours for an hour or so for about a week.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2002, 03:33 PM
 
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I've only had one litter of kits, but they pretty much weaned themselves by 10 weeks. As far as I could tell they were only eating pellets by then, so I just took them out.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2002, 06:18 PM
 
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Most of Alice's kits that she had with me weaned themselves. So did Muad'dib. If they didn't, I just took them out when they were 8-10 weeks old.

By the way, about the mastitus, if the baby will drink from that teat, then all is probably fine. Milk from an infected teat is really nasty.

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I just took my kits out they were eating on their own.I put theeir cages next to each other and they all seemed to do fine.


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I just take my kits out and put them in a cage by mom at about 8 weeks and 230g at least. They seem to do great.
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I wean my kits at 8 weeks of age or until they reach 200 grams. When they are removed from mum, it isn't done gradually. I simply put them in a separate cage or with my other female that adores fostering kits.
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