To Catherine: The babies would come out of the nest box when they were able and nibble with mom on her food, which was alfalfa cubes, produce and water. They were not weaned but of the age that the mom could start weaning. They were still in with mom, and I could not tell if there was secretions happening with them. She is a really good mom and keeps them clean. I have heard just recently from the vet that maybe it is parasites passed from the parents that get more bothersome the older that they get, or that the mom is weaning them too soon, but it just does not sit with me that that is the reason. Just sounded like he was grasping to give me an answer. They want me to bring them in but the journey from the country to the city would be too much for them. They are such nervous animals, I would not like to do that. Thanx for all the questions, I will continue to post what is happening to let all know if these babies are successful at breaking the cycle. I will say alot of prayers and hope they are answered with life.