Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and dogs as well I somewhat stumbled upon a litter of 7 pups and a mama on my ranch (vineyard) According to a few of my employees, the mama (follows our employees around the ranch all day) gave birth to them about 4 weeks ago. When I was informed (which wasn't until last week due to being on vacation out of the country prior), I immediately wanted to watch over them and take care of them until they could be given to deserving homes, and I was thinking about keeping one for myself Where they were at wasn't secure (they were in an unfenced yard on our property, under a grape bin) and I was worried about coyotes so I moved them into a pen I made in a fenced yard at our shop area and they've been there ever since. The mama knows where they are and still nurses and cares for them. I am feeding them twice a day with puppy chow that I let soak in milk for about 10 minutes to soften it up I am also feeding mama dry puppy chow twice a day and I check on them multiple times a day and make sure they have clean water and am cleaning out the pen I am, however starting to get worried, as I have fallen in love with the runt of the litter, a cute little girl I named Chevy The mama will find gophers and rats, and bring them to the pups. I've been able to remove 2 of them, but wasn't able to get one out of the pen today before the pups ate it I know these little buggers need to be with mama for at least another 3 weeks from today, but I don't want my little one eating gophers!! I'd also like to get her vaccinated. Am I doing things right? Anything I need to do in addition? Anything I need to change? So far, the other 6 are at least spoken for, as for people wanting them, but I've told them at least 3 more weeks until they can take them. HELP!