Paris and her two week old kits have already had an adventure- last Thursday, I noticed the nest box felt weirdly damp, so I changed out the straw and tipped the box on its side, as the kits eyes were starting to open. Saturday the kits were covered in bumps!! After googling everything I could think of, we raced off to visit Dr. Heather at Haw Creek Vet, and found the kits had some kind of contact allergy, most likely to something in the straw- Dr. Heather popped the worst of the "zits", as we called them, disinfected them and gave the kits the teeninsiest (that is a word here in the South, unfortunately no one can spell it for me) bit of something else I can't spell and now we are home recovering. The broken tort kit had it worse than the blue tort, and is slower to perk up, but I think they will both make it. They are sticking close to mama Paris for now, and she seems to enjoy it. The evil straw is now tossed down the hillside behind the compost pile, and I am looking for a new supplier for straw. The kits are snuggling on towels that I change out twice a day, and Paris is demanding extra banana to soothe her nerves while giving me the Hairy Eyeball in case I try to load them all up again.