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Until what age??? [09 Apr 2011|08:35am]

eternitat
[ mood | confused ]

Can female mice be fertile and breed?

I had a surprise litter yesterday morning. The dam was one of the two new does I brought home on the 12th of March and introduced to the rest on the 13th of March. Though it is possible that this doe came pregnant already from the store, I also fear that one mouse whom I thought (and people at the shelter I adopted her from, and her previous owner as well) was female may really be a male. The genital distance is large, but I see no dangling testicles (mouse is Texel). I isolated this mouse yesterday just in case.

However, the mouse whose gender is in question was introduced to 3 other females back on the 5th of December of last year. One female was 1.5 years old, the other 2 were around 9-10 months old (not quite a year). One of the 9 month old females died on Christmas day, the other one on March 11. And NEITHER one of those two younger females gave birth to surprise litters. The older one I am giving the benefit of the doubt.

Were the 9-10 month old females too old to breed by then? Or is the questionable mouse not a buck and the new doe came pregnant from the store? There is no way a male wild mouse could have snuck in. The other new mouse was confirmed to be a doe for sure.

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Another litter. [22 Jan 2011|12:32pm]

jesusatemeout
So I've changed the aims of my little breeding project I've had going for a while. Before I was focusing on both chocolate tan & black tan banded merles, but as luck would have it I obtained a fluke-colored doe from a friend who had gotten mice from me and bred them. This doe was PEW colored (though I am unsure of her exact genotype) but carried merle genes. I bred her into my black & chocolate mice and next thing I knew, I had both champagne tan and dove tan merles! Anyways, now I am working on those in both banded and unmarked, and this is my very first litter of entirely pink eyed (PE) mice!

There are 3 does and 1 buck. One doe is champagne tan banded merle, another just champagne tan merle, the other a strange silvery color. I am undecided if she is dove, or silver, or some other random color just now popping up. The buck looks to be a dove tan merle.

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Merry Christmas. [25 Dec 2010|11:43am]

jesusatemeout
Merry Christmas from my current litter of fat, healthy babies.

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Hope everyone's mice have been doing great. No one posts here anymore, come on guys. Post some pictures! Or is there a more active community I need to know about....?

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Rescued meeces [24 Jul 2010|07:05pm]

eternitat
[ mood | cheerful ]






I adopted them from a rescue group. Both are Satin. The fawn one is named Kalliopi, and the white one is named Bianca.

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CRAP! BABY MICE! NO FREAKING TIME! [05 Jul 2010|06:56pm]

pyrotech_c3h8
Ok, so my girlfriend adopted some mice (3 of them) a while back, all females. A male accidentally got into the group and today, we have baby mice.

That's all well and good, but our excitement was interrupted when one of the babies got eaten. I'm new to the pregnant rodent then and because I am running between the rooms trying to make sure no more baby mice get eaten I don't have time to search out faqs and go on a treasure hunt for answers so please excuse my lack of proper research but I am going to ask some questions here in the need of a quick answer.

Mice eating babies...WTFF? Seriously having a hard time getting over this one, WHY!? Why do they do that and how do we prevent it? I separated the mouse that was doing it, but I can't tell if it is one of the mothers or not, or if more than one mouse gave birth so what is my next step? Advice?

The other general question, I have cared for rodents for a long time but this is the first pregnancy I have ever dealt with, advice? Pointers? Anything you guys have would be welcome. Thanks -Zachary
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Another litter. [05 Jul 2010|04:03pm]

jesusatemeout
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The top 2 are bucks, the bottom one is a doe. They look to be a black tan merle, chocolate tan overmarked banded merle, black tan OM banded merle (doe). Photo taken 7-5-2010.

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Picture heavy merle little updates. [20 Jun 2010|12:58am]

jesusatemeout
They just opened their eyes today, but these pictures are 2 days old.

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Annnndddd more babies...Collapse )

This litter's stats were:
-4 male 4 female
-3 black merle fox (1 doe 2 bucks)
-1 chocolate fox merle doe
-2 chocolate fox banded (1 doe 1 buck)
-2 chocolate fox merle banded (1 doe 1 buck)
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New merle & banded litter. [09 Jun 2010|11:34pm]

jesusatemeout
From a black fox (overmarked) banded merle buck x chocolate fox doe.

Looks like some overmarked bandeds in both black/merle and chocolate/merle, some black merles, and possibly a solid chocolate merle. Surprisingly, most are girls =D

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More babies!Collapse )

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My most recent litter, all grown up! [07 Apr 2010|11:59am]

jesusatemeout
Hey everyone, these are my 4 bubs I kept from my most recent litter. They are 4 weeks 2 days in these pictures. Enjoy!

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My Squeak Squad - The new girls =^.^= [22 Mar 2010|01:30am]

moxxey
[ mood | cheerful ]

 I went back to the animal shelter to adopt the three sisters to the other baby mice that I got last time. Their names are Ghost, Suspender and Havarti. They were the last mice at the shelter and now they have a good home with me.  =^.^=


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[12 Mar 2010|04:55pm]

dream_chaser023
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Mouse Breeders? [07 Mar 2010|12:36am]

mystic_wings
[ mood | curious ]

I know not to buy pet store mice, but even if I had to choose, I don't want regular mice. Nothing against them, but I think deer mice are much cuter. I guess I've been spoiled with Squeakums. Does anyone breed them or do they just breed the regular house mice?

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A video of my new pets =^.^= [13 Feb 2010|05:52pm]

peromyscus
[ mood | cheerful ]

Meet my new "Squeak Squad", and watch some video footage of my new pets. =^.^=

I adopted the six mice from the Toronto Humane Society, and Alexander is also from there. The baby girl mouse was one that my friend found wandering along the sidewalk out in the cold, either an escaped or unwanted pet. He took her in and then gave her to me. I named her lucky. =^.-=


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Buh-bies. [30 Jan 2010|12:46pm]

jesusatemeout
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A few of his siblings.Collapse )

They just opened their eyes day before yesterday. ^-^

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Rest In Peace Moxy :-( [19 Jan 2010|12:22pm]

peromyscus
[ mood | sad ]

Early this morning when I went to check on Moxy, my last remaining Spiny mouse, I found him quite cold to the touch, so I took him out to hold him and keep him warm. He was very old for a mouse, being six months old when I got him and nearing three years in my possession. Lately I took all the high tubes down in his cage when I noticed that he couldn't climb as well as he used to. He would still run about his cage, but I could see that he was getting older and a bit skinnier. He'd still eat and drink, when I put out food and water for him, but alas Spiny mice only have a lifespan of three to four years. Moxy chose to pass away as I was holding him :-( It was very sad to see him go, but I'm glad that he didn't die alone in his cage.

It's like the loss of an old friend, no matter if it was just a pet who was very skittish and didn't like to be held. He would still look at me from his cage as I came near to refill his food dish or water bottles. He was one of my pet Spiny mice, named Moxy, whom I got from someone almost three years ago to keep Cheeser company after Max passed away. Moxy never really grew much since I got him, always the runt and he'd only nibble at food from time to time, except when I gave him treats like apple slices, a piece of a cookie or a small piece of chicken, then he'd run out to nom on them. Most of the time he'd either be busy running in his wheel or snuggled up next to Cheeser, whom he was housed with, and then later Speedy after Cheeser and Max Jr. passed on. He was quite vocal, as I often could hear him chirping away as he moved about in his mouse mansion of Habitrail tubes and accessories. Overall I would say that he had a grand life for a mouse, never having to worry about finding food, nor predators and having plenty of playspace in his cage.

Even with the new mice that I adopted from the local animal shelter, and my two pet rats (one of which my friend found left out in the cold on the sidewalk as a baby by someone a couple weeks ago), the place seems empty without Moxy, and I'm going to miss walking by his cage and watching him curiously look back at me cautiously checking up on who's approaching. Rest In Peace little mouse, you were a great friend, no matter if you nipped my hand from time to time when I held you, that's just your nature.

RIP Moxy (six months old when I got him on) Feb 2007 to Jan 2010

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peromyscus/917122842/in/set-72157601039446635/

Here is some video footage of him with my other Spiny mice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61p5-LYOMuM

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWrZhmIaSTs

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Texel mice, and others. [18 Jan 2010|01:38pm]

nevadamoon
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A litter of.... one??? [17 Jan 2010|12:57pm]

jesusatemeout
A little over a week ago I bought a pregnant doe from a reptile store, because she was SOOOO CUTEEEE and she was headed for certain death. Well yesterday, she gae birth to a single baby. The smallest litter I've ever had born in my care before was 7, and I honestly had no idea mice could have only one baby!

It is more developed than all the newborns I've seen, it was born slightly bigger and it already has a bit of dark pigment in the skin. I have some concerns though. When the doe starts leaving the nest more frequently, will it be able to stay warm by itself? Without siblings, will it develop socially normally and know how to interact with mice/behave like one? I know the mom will teach it and interact with it but I think for what social creatures they are, having 'peers' is key. Maybe not. I dunno.

Any advice or comments? Has anyone had a litter of one before?
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reducing mouse smell [12 Jan 2010|09:02am]

owlsie
i live in a ridic tiny apartment and my landlords complain that my boy mouse is smelly, even though i clean his cage regularly.

is there anything else i can do to reduce the smell?
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diet? [10 Jan 2010|03:20pm]

chewybakbak
So, I'm trying to make up some informational fliers about mice for my animal shelter, and I was wondering: what type of food do you feed your mice every day?

Is there a good brand of commercial food I can recommend for possible adoptees? Any specific commercial diets to watch out for? I've been feeding mine a home-made mix similar to the Suebee's mix meant for rats, but I doubt others looking to adopt will always be willing to do this.

Any tips on diet in general? It seems harder to find info on this than it is to find info on rats. So far I've got no more than 13% protein and watch out for preservatives/corn/etc.
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My colored rump buck. [12 Dec 2009|03:12pm]

jesusatemeout
He doesn't have a name yet.

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He is so cute!
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