Well, it's been just over a week since Jerry had her babies (11-13). We'd
guessed that she's had about 8 a few days ago since that was all I could see
when I did a quick count last Monday. We decided that it was time to clean
her cage today since she'd started pushing all her cage litter out through
the bars (we'd cleaned it out a few days before she'd given birth, but we
hadn't wanted to disturb her too much til they were out of danger.) And we
needed to move her the larger cage since all the other mice are now in the
big 5 foot tank, since the one she was in was not going to be big enuf once
all those little ones started crawling around.
This meant we had to move the babies. We got the new cage all ready to go
and mixed in some of her old litter. 5 babies were down in the main cage do
we scooped them right up with the litter, no problem. (they've been coming
down from the nest the last two days, no matter how many times she drags
them back up. She gets one back up, and two more have gotten down....)
Anyway, in getting everyone shifted over, we finally got a good count... 10
babies!! one litter and we've tripled our mouse count!
some of them are just adorable markings. One has a white mask over half
it's face, with the rest of the coat being dark. not sure yet if any of them
are going to be black or just dark brown. they're pretty well divided, half
darker and half looking right now rather light grey.
There is one that we're somewhat concerned about. Not having seen it cloely
until now, we though it just had dark paw markings on it's front feet. but
when moving it over we realised that it actually has club feet on both front
paws. Other then that, it seems fully formed and is the same size as it's
siblings. Has anyone else had this kid of a problem?? How likely is it to
be a serious problem later in this litte mouse's life?? Having made this
discovery only within the last hour, we're still trying to forsee problems..
The only ones we've come up with are climbing, and possibly eating.. we're
not sure how well it'd be able to pick up food.
Any information would be great.
Davina and her amazing 15 mice! (and we haven't even been at it a month!)
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