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Well, I've now got 8 boys and 6 girls, and one more cinnamon than I thought. Hopeless, I am! I'll leave it another week before contacting my waiting list, then hopefully I'll be certain what I have.
I'm still dodgy on the sexing, but it should become obvious within the next day or so because the girls should start showing nipples soon.
agouti Essex girl - no photo
|Coat||Head Spot||Colour||Weight||Coat||Head Spot||Colour||Weight|
|rex||cinnamon||25 grams||rex||agouti||26 grams|
|rex||cinnamon||25 grams||smooth||bindi||cinnamon||26 grams|
|rex||cinnamon||22 grams||smooth||agouti||24 grams|
|rex||agouti||25 grams||smooth||peanut||agouti||26 grams|
|rex||unmarked||cinnamon||25 grams||smooth||agouti||25 grams|
|rex||unmarked||cinnamon||24 grams||smooth||unmarked||agouti||25 grams|
I've been taking pictures! Discovered it's much easier to put them down to photograph than to try and hold them.
|Coat||Head Spot||Colour||Photo||Coat||Head Spot||Colour||Photo|
I'm finding the squeaks they make very amusing. Because Blythe has 12 teats and there are 14 babies, the two who can't latch on tend to make squeaky protesting commentaries, sounding like Sweep from Sooty and Sweep, and trying to push their littermates off. If Blythe moves while she's feeding them, the whole lot chirp like a nest of hungry birds.
The babies are becoming much more mobile, climbing over mum and generally being little pests. The big news is that one of the girls has one eye open, so they'll probably all open their eyes tomorrow. Their ears are also starting to unfurl from their heads - they'll soon look like proper miniature rats. Blythe is starting to look quite tired of the whole business, but I suppose that's not surprising with 14 little mouths to feed.
A few little glints of eyes showing, but none wide open yet. Blythe came out for a little wander, but I didn't get the babies out as I had to be at the vets with Isabella before work.
This evening there were more eyes showing, but I've decided to do a big update of weights and photos in the morning. Blythe looks quite worn out; this is the worst time, when the babies are getting bigger but not beginning to try the solid food just yet. They are leaving the nest a little more and going for wobbly walks around the cage. They're very fast, and are beginning to nibble on one another with their new little teeth.
The babies now weigh a total of 430 grams, more than mum who is now at 408 grams - almost back down to her normal weight. Mum is looking as if she needs more, despite the extra dry mix, egg food, lactol, Almo Nature cat food, Nature Diet dog food, scrambled egg, kale and other veggies we've been giving her. Thankfully the babies are beginning to show an interest in tiny bits of food such as finely chopped cucumber and grated carrot, so they should discover the soft food bowl soon.
|Coat||Head Spot||Colour||Weight||Photo||Coat||Head Spot||Colour||Weight||Photo|
|1||rex||cinnamon||31 grams||9||rex||agouti||32 grams|
|2||rex||cinnamon||30 grams||10||smooth||cinnamon||31 grams|
|3||rex||cinnamon||28 grams||11||smooth||agouti||32 grams|
|4||rex||agouti||29 grams||12||smooth||agouti||30 grams|
|5||rex||unmarked||brighter cinnamon||31 grams||13||smooth||agouti||31 grams|
|6||rex||unmarked||browner cinnamon||32 grams||14||smooth||unmarked||agouti||31 grams|
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