The damaged kit from the new litter didn't make it through the night. I think it was just too much stress for such a little one to go through. We have eight left from this litter.
Tonight #3 was able to get the mom of the new litter to nurse her babies. This is the same mom as the older litter currently being shelved, but she refused to nurse them and they had to be fostered on to MoR instead.
I did a calendar check for the other two does in the coop, based on when they last had litters (both lost their last litters). Looks like we should get a litter from Lady Mo sometime between Christmas Eve and December 27th. MoR should be due for her next litter around 12/31.
Today we worked out a paid chore list for #3. She will feed and water the rabbits and chickens every day, and we will give her $2 per day credit. That means she could earn $14 a week. Payment will come from the tax return (in cash), and when the weather warms up, I can take over barn chores again. That means that starting tomorrow, if she works through the end of April, she can earn nearly $250. But the best part? She's been wanting a pet snake for a while now, but it's either "we can't afford it" or "you need to show us you are responsible enough" - Tonight we agreed that she can use her $250 to buy a snake and accessories next spring, because she will have proven her responsibility with the chores, and paid with her own money. She immediately set to researching snake species, prices, health issues, basic care, illnesses, temperaments, diet, and care requirements. She's got until spring to figure out what she wants and plan out what kind of enclosure she needs. So far she's off to a great start!