DAY #27

So these nuggets are now getting nursed with Mama Beetz standing up during the day, and only laying down to nurse at night when she is sleeping with them. Standing up she seems much more comfortable, and they are now big enough where they can squat on their hind quarters, hold on to her with their paws, and nurse away. And because she will move a bit, or at least shift, they are becoming masters at balance and coordination for their little ages. Kind of like sipping super hot coffee in a car going down a bumpy dirt road, it takes skill!

Just a few days ago if she walked by, walked towards them, or they could see or smell her, that was their entire world. Mama Beetz was not only their mom but food source and comfort.

As of today, she can walk into the romper room, and for sure most of them will nurse, but they are also okay with laying down and watching her, walking away to nap in the nesting box, or chewing on something. Their little worlds are expanding.

Worms, I have had some questions why my puppies would have worms – well all puppies and kittens have them when they are born, worms in an intact female are in an encysted form, think grains of sand in a capsule and they cause her no issues, but with the stress of pregnancy, those capsules break open and the parasites have access to the fetus.

Mama Beetz was on 30 days of DE during pregnancy, and just finished her first round of Omphalia, which will be repeated in three weeks. These pups had perfect little half moon shaped puppy poops, that changed color slightly when they began to eliminate on their own and their system was maturing, and now that they are eating a slurry type raw food, I can add DE. Their poops, and I check each one, are a super healthy color and shape, and while I haven’t seen any evidence of parasites just yet, I would imagine there is one coming, but there shouldn’t be an infestation. I support Mama Beetz, I am supporting the pups, and if there is anything it is most likely round worm, which is super common in our environment. Tape and hook worm are not common here at all, thank goodness.

And like I have said in past videos, parasites’ are opportunistic, they set up shop in immature systems or compromised systems. If you support the gut, and in turn the immune system, parasites have a super hard time existing. psst – my goats have given my a four year crash course in parasites, I could wax poetically about this topic for quite some time!

And in these photos you can see their gorgeous new fur coming in, we are going to have some super nice coats!

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