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Post by Kate B on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 7:05 pm

Not sure if this is in the right forum, because I'm HOPEFULLY not dealing with reproductive activity in my mice. But it's about sexing and... I guess you'd call it family planning. Ha ha.

So I have three mice. The first one is an adult female (Daphne), and I got her just over two weeks ago. Then, after reading online that mice shouldn't live alone, I quickly sought out friends for her. I got what I thought were two very young female mice. The woman I got them from assured me that they were both female and that they were 5 weeks old. Their names are Mishka and Xan. They're both little things, but Xan is especially tiny.

I've kept the babies away from Daphne so far, because I read about quarantining them. But today, I noticed a bulge beneath Xan's tail, and now I'm worried that she might actually be a he. I read on here about sexing mice, and I did the thing where I put her in a jar and held her up to try and see. I can't really tell what I'm looking at though (I'm new to mice!). And she moves really quickly so it's hard to get a good view. I don't know!

I'm feeling like I should probably separate the two babies, at least until I can tell for sure what's going on. But I don't have any more tanks, at least not that are big enough for a mouse to live in for any length of time. Should I put Mishka in with Daphne now, even though the quarantine has only been a week? Or do I need to try and get another (third) tank?

And what if it's too late? I'm worried Mishka might be pregnant if she's been in with a male like that. She's too little to have babies! And it's her sibling! Sad

Lots to think about here. I welcome any thoughts or advice. Thanks!

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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 7:28 pm

Its really very easy to tell if you know what you're looking for. Did you see this photo when you were trying to figure it out? That is the easiest way to tell for me.


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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 8:33 pm

Why don't you put the suspected male into a glass jar or something similar and get photos of their genitals from below? If you upload the photo, we'll be able to sex them for you. Let's hope the pet shop didn't give you a male! Because if they did, the other girls is definitely pregnant.

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Re: Worried one of my girls is a boy...

Post by Kate B on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 8:54 pm

OK, these are the best ones I could get.  Can you guys tell?





I can try to get less blurry ones if these aren't good enough.

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 9:31 pm

99% sure that's a girl. A less blurry picture would help, but I'm fairly certain.

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Post by Kate B on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 7:06 am

OK, so after a long and frustrating photo shoot last night, I still don't have any not-blurry photos.  I do keep seeing something that makes me worried she's a boy though.

Here are a few photos that are blurry but sort of give an idea of the thing I'm seeing that worries me.  But maybe females can sometimes look like that too?  With a bulge?







Sorry, I know this is not much better than what I showed you before.  I need to find my actual camera, because my phone camera isn't cutting it for this!

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Post by CallaLily on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 8:38 am

Boy, for sure. It can be hard to tell sometimes when they're younger and the first pictures are a bit deceiving because they can hold it all tucked up inside. Once they relax, like he did for the last pictures, it's very obvious.

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 11:34 am

My bad! 100% boy. Start preparing for babies. And get a new tank for your boy.

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Re: Worried one of my girls is a boy...

Post by Kate B on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 11:55 am

Oh no! Sad

Phooey, that's what I was afraid of. Better go find a new home for Xan!

(On a funny note, my 13-year-old daughter was, from day one, calling Xan "Xan my Man." She says it's just because it rhymed, but maybe she was sensing something.)

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sun 22 Jan 2017, 12:08 pm

Since you just got him, most likely you can bring him back to the pet store! Most of them have 30 day guarantees or such.

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