So sorry to keep you waiting -- I telephoned a local animal welfare society and after hearing my problems re these babies and their mother, they asked the same questions that you have just asked
no Mum will not under any circumstances come into the house ( she appeared last year when she herself was a very small kitten and on the one occasion when I picked her up to bring her indoors she went mental trying to jump through a plate glass window )
No the kittens are not eating yet, I tried with a drop of milk after bringing them indoors but some of them clamped their tiny jaws so tight.
Mum keeps going back to the shed and then to her box and she does not trust me now, backing off when i try to stroke her.
Result of the telephone call, the supervisor asked me to get them all in a cat carrier and someone will come in the morning to collect them, look after until they are fully weaned - and finally neuter the mother before returning her to me.
This will take away all the worries I have had today ( I gave birth to a stillborn in 1974 so know how much pain she will be having due to her supply of milk ) also as I was planning to have her neutered after they were weaned - it has taken the pressure and worry from me. I do thank you for reading of my concerns and you are very welcome to the small deposit I paid.
Thank you very much,