I won't keep you waiting... here are the updated photos of Autumn's adorable kittens!
You might notice that Onion's left eye looks funny. It was last to open and one morning it was a little goobery, but I'm keeping a close eye on it (no pun intended), to make sure it doesn't turn into an infection (or if it does, that we get antibiotics for him right away). You can really tell Onion and Parsnip apart (Onion has a big fluffy head and Parsnip has a sleeker face... Parsnip is the runt). I still can't tell Mango and Pumpkin apart as easily. I think Mango has a narrower face than Pumpkin, but you have to look at them both together to tell who you're looking at.
The chinchillas are succesfully switched. Two nice round mamas-to-be in nursury cages, and three girls introduced to males. I'm expecting both pregnant girls to deliver by Halloween at the latest. One of them was paired with my newest male for his first breeding. I'm excited to get some show-quality ebony bloodlines in my herd (and the possibility of a tan/chocolate chinchilla excites me to no end). The three girls going in with males now will be due next year in January. I'll have to pick up another nursery cage by then.
The sable/satin hamster babies are doing well. They'll be ready to go Thursday! Another litter is due soon (satin/silver calico), and I just put the satin male in with my second silver calico female, so more babies in about 2-weeks!
I attempted putting Mama Bun with Big Red, but while he was more than willing, she wasn't. We'll try them together again tomorrow.
Follow along with the joys and heartbreaks of one small-time hobby breeder.