Three weeks ago one of our does (tiny) kindled 4 kits, 1 still born. Not a huge litter, but the kits themselves were very large. Most litters are out of the box by 3 weeks, not this time. They mere moving around the box, but showed no interest in coming out. My goal is to have kits weaned by 6 weeks, meaning they need a first taste of pellets at 3. I put a flat, smooth piece of wood on one side of the cage for them to stand on, as wire is hard on the kits. Next I waited for the warm part of the day (around 60, better than I could hope for in Nov.) and took all 3 out of the box. They began exploring the wood and all piled on to try and nurse once they saw tiny. I gave them a few pellets and let them be for the night.
This morning they were doing fine and slept outside the nest. I will leave the nest in for at least a week, mostly as a refuge for tiny who’s milk is always in demand. I am no longer giving tiny alfalfa as it could kill the kits until they are used to solid food. I gave them a container of their own feed this morning and they made quite a dent in it. I also squeezed the waterer letting some water drip out. Two just licked it off the wood, while one actually drank. Before long they can share a feeder with tiny, just as soon as they can reach it.