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19 Babies! Too much for one mom?

Post by Soren on Thu 28 Apr 2016, 10:36 am

My mouse recently had a litter of 19 babies. I read on various sites that a mom can't handle that many, and it is necessary to cull down the litter for the survival of the other babies. When I held them, there was one runt, and had to cull that one. But the other 18 look perfect and healthy, and I don't want to hurt a perfectly healthy baby. What should I do?
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Post by Peachy on Thu 28 Apr 2016, 4:31 pm

Oh my gosh! I can't even imagine 19 babies!!

My experience with anything culling related is teeeensy weensy. I hope someone else will be able to help you through it.

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Post by Brynne on Thu 28 Apr 2016, 7:27 pm

That is a ridiculoulsy huge litter! The sad truth is, they are ALL suffering a bit due to not geting optimal nutrition.
What are your plans for their future? What are you going to do with 18 more mice?

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Re: 19 Babies! Too much for one mom?

Post by Ash on Wed 04 May 2016, 8:29 am

I haven't bred mice..

But, when I bred hamsters if the litter was too big, you cull the teeny ones.
I would also supplement everyone with goats milk. (goats milk is the universal milk replacer that all mammals can drink)
I would put out a soda cap lid of milk for momma to drink from and help supplement herself, and I would feed the babies some milk by using a very small syringe or a paint brush to let them drink, and when they got a little bigger I would soak bread in milk for them.

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Re: 19 Babies! Too much for one mom?

Post by Soren on Wed 04 May 2016, 2:28 pm

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