Hi everyone. I'm 35 and just got my first mice. I love watching them. My
mother would never let me have rodent pets as a child so I'm making up for
it now. We have had a hamster (who died after 2 years), a russian dwarf
hamster that (sadly) the cat ate before I thought to put a top on the
aquarium, and a pair of gerbil brothers, one of whom just recently died of
leukemia. My son and I went to the pet store to see about getting a
replacement for the gerbil but all they had was females. Since my survivor
is a male, I chose not to start a gerbil farm. We decided instead to branch
out into mice. I have always loved watching them play.
So now, we have a new S.A.M. Habitat with four little girls it in. (Okay, so
I couldn't decide). One of the four is less scared that the others, but
none of them will let me anywhere near them. I have read y'all's posts
about how to socialize them and I will begin that immediately.
I do have a couple of questions.
1. Since all my mice were all in a feeder bin, how long will it be before
I know if one of them happens to be pregnant? I hope they're not, but given
the circumstances, I'm fully aware that it might be a possibility I have to
2. Everyone seems to know how old their mice are. Are in the world do
you know that? I determined male from female easily enough (I was once a
Siamese cat breeder and mice look a lot like baby kittens -- from that end)
but I haven't a clue if I've got adolescents or old codgers.
Any tips are always appreciated. I'm really a newbie at this, but I love
rodents and I look forward to a long happy relationship with these girls.
BTW, they have no names yet. We just got them last night.