Thank you for moving my thread. I have been keeping them very warm in a covered kennel with blankets , stuffed animals and hot water bottles. They seem to be doing perfect with going potty and trying to walk. Someone posted they eat every 2 hours? They will be 14 days old on Saturday. I read to not over feed them and I am going by the chart on the formula, is 4tbsp to much every 2 hours? I am not looking to have them placed with another dog, I have done a lot of research and have confidence in caring for them myself.
The problem with raising them without a dog is that they don't learn the important stuff. Bite inhibition, tolerance, appropriate play, potty habits and cleanliness are all best taught by a dog. My old, spayed bitch raised dozens of foster pups and young dogs with me. It isn't so much about the nursing, as the behavior and communication. At 2 weeks old, condition dependent, 2-3 hours is fine. But in young pups you need to monitor closely temp and weight, and dehydration is the primary concern. Young pups dehydrate quickly and it can kill them. Have your vet on speed dial, and be mindful of disease control. A good many killer viruses can be spread through indirect contact, which means they come in on your clothes, shoes and hands. At least one person I know of poisoned a litter with bleach by not rinsing surfaces properly, so watch that as well
Proper handling, exposure to surfaces, noises and textures is important as well.
A pen is a better enclosure as airflow is needed, towels or blankets should be washable and changed often. Animal bedding is safer and cheaper. At this age they should have a bedding area, a separate potty area and a play/feeding area. You should soon be able to start them eating from a dish, raw or canned food mixed to a slurry with formula is appropriate. Gradually introduce any new food to avoid tummy upset and keep them clean.