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Survival Rate of Peanuts???

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by bossynbella, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    My mini rex doe had a litter of five kits. This is her third litter, her last two both had four huge healthy kits. This litter has four huge healthy kits and a peanut. I have read about peanuts but never experienced it myself. I have had runts, but this is more then a runt! This little one is like the size of the others heads! They where born last friday night. Every day I have been checking on them expecting to find it dead, but it is still living, it is growing, though it is still like a third the size of the other four. Is there a chance of it living? I don't want to get my hopes up, but maybe? Anyone have a peanut that lived? I will try to get some pictures tomorrow.


  2. dewey

    dewey Songster

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Unfortunately, peanuts cannot ever survive. It is always fatal though they may live for a short time. [​IMG]
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    I'm so sorry to hear that, I've read up on them and everyone says they will not survive.
  4. ~Wind~

    ~Wind~ Chirping

    Jun 9, 2011
    The first thing to figure out is if it is indeed a peanut.

    There are a few possiblilities,

    1. it is a real peanut

    2. was the doe bred to the buck more than once or was the buck kept with the doe? Spread out breeding can result in different sized kits, aswell as a second pregnancy in the other uterin horn. The kit could be a few days behind the rest and may indeed catch up.

    3. a plain old runt

    If it has good coloring and is eating well (nice round belly) I would think it was one of the last two possibilities.
    Now I am not a vet or specialist, but that would be my thoughts.
  5. bossynbella

    bossynbella Songster

    Aug 11, 2007
    The peanut was dead this morning. I went out with the camera to get a picture and only found four ,but I could smell that the other one was dead, I found it at the very back of the box. Poor baby. I am pretty sure it was a peanut as she was only with the buck twice. We always breed one day then put them back in the next for a second breeding. I am sad it died, but glad it didn't suffer any longer, I am also happy to have the other four healthy kits. Perhaps she isn't meant to have more then four. I will post pics of the survivors when its less windy and I can get some good ones. Right now all I can tell is we have two broken and two solids.
  6. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I'm so sorry. I'm glad your other four are so healthy.

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