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Old 03-10-2019, 05:21 PM United States
Mommyzard1 Mommyzard1 is offline
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Default Weaning kits?

I apologise if this is a duplicate question! I tried going through several posts, but am having trouble finding an exact fit.

Chinny had 4 kits! I've been supplementing (2 entirely from birth) them with KMR since day 1, every 2 hours, then stretching out to every 4. One of them has always eaten much less than the other 3, so I know he's getting the most of Chinnys milk. Her kits are now 6wks 2days old. All are all between 223 and 243g, but both parents are also considerably large (800g+). They pounce on their hay every time I add more, and have seen them nibbling on their pellets. I have yet to see one drink from the water bottle though. They will often go eat hay after a feeding as well. All of them are consuming anywhere from 2-8 eye droppers full of milk at each feeding.
My questions are: Will they naturally start to take less and less milk in a couple more weeks, or do I need to quit supplying it to get them to wean? If I need to quit supplying it, I'm thinking I should gradually stretch out the time of feedings rather than make them go cold turkey? Also, is age or weight more important when weaning? Overall, I have no issue with continuing to feed them, just want to make sure they are getting the very best that they can! Also, just to note, they are all still with Chinny and doing well, but I'm a bit concerned for her nipples if I cut back on feedings. I have no idea if she even has any milk left at this point and is pretty exhausted.
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