Here is Gretchen's litter. There are 4 blacks and 1 tortoiseshell. They are exceptionally healthy and wiggly. They are offspring of the lately departed and sorely missed Zwart, so I suspect I will become very fond of them. I am finding her quite a bit protective of these guys, so this may be the last picture for a while as I do not want to annoy her unduly. Some moms don't mind my borrowing the babies, but Gretchen seems to. I will keep my interference at a daily headcount and leave it at that.
I did not get a good picture of Grindle's litter. We are down to 5 in that one as there have been two unfortunate losses due to an over sized nest. Grindle will not let me put in a nest box, so I keep reshaping and packing the nest. Keep your fingers crossed for us with this litter. At this time there are 4 tortoiseshell (I think) babies and 1 black one, who is the runt.
I find that no matter how many litters are born here, I learn something new with each one. Does are picky about different things, and one never knows if interfering to make things smoother is the right thing to do. At least the weather is stunningly cooperative and two more 70 degree days are up and coming.