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new mouse "owner"

Post by angi » Fri, 21 Sep 2001 21:14:39



hi all

i'm new to this group and really need some advice. will litter-mates breed
with eachother? i don't want to breed the mice i've recently aquired (5
litter mates and their mother). they were going to be put to sleep so i
ended up taking them home with me.

ive got info on diet/toys/housing etc but cannot seem to find info for the
above anywhere. also...

do baby mice ever get 'too old" to be kept in with their mother? do litter
mates attack eachother or do the males of a litter become aggressive? or is
this only when introducing new mice to eachother? i dont really want to
seperate the mice from eachother because i've read they love company, but
i'd rather not breed from them either.

any info you could provide me with concerning the above would be
appreciated. i want to try and do the right thing by these little creatures.

thanks in advance

angie =^..^=

 
 
 

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Post by Flykill » Sat, 22 Sep 2001 00:06:36


Quote:
>i'm new to this group and really need some advice. will litter-mates breed
>with eachother?

Yep yep yep.  Fast and furiously.  You must separate the males from the females
as soon as they are regularly eating solid food.

Young mice are notoriously difficult to identify as to sex.  There are websites
that can teach you how to sex them -- like look for ***s on the females --
and also you can take them to your local pet store and ask them to help you
out.  Get this done as soon as possible.

Quote:
>do baby mice ever get 'too old" to be kept in with their mother?

If they're male, they'll mate with their mother.  ***uous little things.

Quote:
>do litter
>mates attack eachother or do the males of a litter become aggressive?

Yes, often brothers will fight.  I've seen some get along, usually by total
wimpy submission to the *** male, but usually they just fight, and I've
even seen siblings kill each other.  Even if they get along, males will
frequently squabble.  You should try to keep them together if you can, but if
you see any serious fighting or any *** at all then you'll have to separate
the fighting ones immediately and permanently.  Have an extra cage or two
standing by.

Quote:
>i dont really want to
>seperate the mice from eachother because i've read they love company,

They live longer if they live in groups.

Quote:
>i'd rather not breed from them either.

Separate the males from the females.  Females almost always get along together,
males frequently don't.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Judy felt the same way T.K. does about people who
mess around with the forces of darkness."  (some japanese cartoon show)
"He told me he killed her.  He told me why.  And I said, 'OK'."  (some female
marrying a ***er)

 
 
 

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Post by brancepet » Fri, 21 Sep 2001 19:18:23


Someone suggested to me once regarding sexing mice, that you put the mother
in a clear container with one baby at a time and look up through the bottom
of the container and any baby mouse that doesn't look like it's mother under
it's tail is a boy. Its a good way if you can't get anyone to show you.
I take my babies away from their mother at 3 weeks and just keep sisters
together in one cage and brothers together in another cage. I make sure they
don't breed until they are 12 weeks old.
 
 
 

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Post by RiTzIe7 » Mon, 24 Sep 2001 09:43:54


I had a 6 males that 2 wer  from one litter and 5 others were from another and
the dominate male ripped one of the mouses heads off and it was my fav male
mouse too :( then another and the one who died's twin was fighting the others
by missing its twin.
 
 
 

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Post by RiTzIe7 » Mon, 24 Sep 2001 09:44:55


after i seperated those 2 the rest got along okay. but the killer mouse was
picking on another mouse that was sick. that same day one of the female mouses
died and they started eating her
 
 
 

new mouse "owner"

Post by Flykill » Mon, 24 Sep 2001 11:09:19


Quote:
>after i seperated those 2 the rest got along okay. but the killer mouse was
>picking on another mouse that was sick.

When the males start fighting, you have to separate them.  Try to have another
cage standing by.  Your bathtub can make a good emergency cage until you get a
real one (put the plug in the drain).  For cages I always use those large
plastic storage boxes with the 18 inch tall sides (leave the lid off)  --
they're cheap and easy to clean, and you can use them for other things when you
no longer have mice.

Quote:
>that same day one of the female mouses
>died and they started eating her

Yeah, they do that.  Women.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Judy felt the same way T.K. does about people who
mess around with the forces of darkness."  (some japanese cartoon show)
"He told me he killed her.  He told me why.  And I said, 'OK'."  (some female
marrying a ***er)