Can female mice hold off pregnancy?

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Can female mice hold off pregnancy?

Post by meganracheal on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 8:51 pm

Hi everyone, this is my first post.

I am wondering if it is possible for female mice to put off birth, or maybe I am just going crazy.

In Nov of last year I went and bought two female fancy mice from PetSmart where I live, they were fine and dandy, no problems, then a month later I went to clean the cage noticing that they were moving the bedding to one corner of the cage, and found 11 baby mice. I called the pet store where they told me that all their female mice gave birth that they had in the store, That was fine I kept them till they were 21 days like the pet store said then separated them from mom and the only female sibling they had. I found homes for the male mice and it was a happy ending. Flash forward to today, I went to clean my cages again and found the OTHER female mice with 12 babies. So cute but AHH. Not sure if maybe the baby boys got her pregnant or maybe she was before?!

Now I have to figure out more lodging for more mice, we have a line of cages already for my current two adults and the one female baby we kept from the last litter, but I am wondering if I need to separate them sooner? I thought I should check with other people who own mice before trusting the pet store again. The new litter is about 2-3 days old.

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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 9:07 pm

I'm kind of confused here. How many tanks do you have and who's in each one?

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Post by scaredymouse on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 9:38 pm

Males need to be separated at 4 week, otherwise they can and will get momma pregnant.

Pregnancy can't be postponed.

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Post by CallaLily on Tue 14 Feb 2017, 7:34 am

@meganracheal wrote:That was fine I kept them till they were 21 days like the pet store said then separated them from mom and the only female sibling they had.

If you pulled the boys at 3 weeks (21 days like you said), then I suggest triple checking the sex of all the "girls" you have. Sounds like you got a boy mixed in somewhere. Unless you're mistaken and the boys were in with mom longer than 4 weeks.

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