Blue seems to be doing well in general but as expected I'm seeing a weight discrepancy grow. Once a pup looses ground, they rarely catch up. Eventually likely, but not while with the pack. Becomes kind of a vicious circle. The larger pups overpower the smaller ones for best positions and at times away completely as the little ones give up the struggle. They burn the calories with the fight but then only get a chance to consume enough to replace those they spent. I do what I can to make sure the smaller ones get in there in general -and at a minimum get their fill at least a few times a day. As the days progress though, mom ventures into the whelping box less frequently. Especially during the daytime hours. I think she continues to bed down with them throughout the bulk of the night. But daytime is slowly becoming her time. Bottle feeding is an option but not one I've ever had much success with. Easier, and probably better for them to simply make sure they get uncompromised time with mom. Won't be long before I get them on mash and that will help even the score dramatically.
In some of the photos size difference is pretty evident. Especially between Blue and Orange. Orange is a tank of a pup... especially for a girl. She's regained her title of heavyweight of the litter. Not all that common for a girl at this stage of the game. But to watch her it's no surprise. She powers her way in and always gets her fill. Then rolls over to let things settle. She reminds me of myself when I've eaten more than I should at one sitting. One thing that can be said of the smaller pups -they're generally more agile. I guess it's easier for them to maneuver their weight around when their legs are just begin to carry them. As a group I'm seeing them finally behave like little dogs. Sitting at times and taking several steps before falling over. The pictures tell the story. The two smallest pups caught on camera. Blue sitting and pink walking.
Yesterday I heard my first real bark... it came from Black.