Our New Zealand does are due to kindle this weekend, so I gave them their nest boxes, stuffed to the brim with hay and straw...
Cardamom wasn't very impressed. But then, it was 19 degrees when I took this picture, so I guess I can't blame her.
Acer with her nest box.
I stuffed the boxes as full as I could get them, and punched a nice burrow into the straw for them.
Of course, they will rearrange the contents to suit themselves. Since yesterday, Cardamom has already dug it to one side. As long as they build a good nest for their kits, I can forgive them for messing up my perfect design.
Cardamom is due the 22nd and Acer the 23rd. We'll see how things go! First time does don't always get it right, so I'm not expecting them to excel at their mothering abilities. I could be pleasantly surprised though.
I'm eager to see the color outcome of these litters. I know I can expect fawns out of Acer and Colbert's litter, but Cardamom's could produce just about any color, with those chestnut genes thrown in there.