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Quarantining Teensy Mice

Post by River on Tue 21 Mar 2017, 5:08 pm

I've been meaning to add to the colony for ages. Oops.
On the bright side, I did finally found someone selling mice near us. The one in particular they aim to sell as a pet rather than a feeder was a runt, but survived the weaning age and is doing well. With that said, she's still a baby, and quite small, which poses a problem with my quarantine cages. Most are barred (since they're only temporary), and I'm worried she'd be able to slip out. What's the bar spacing requirement for young mice, if one at all?
With that said, I also have a 5 gallon tank, which seems a bit small for the whole 3 week quarantine. Thoughts?

EDIT: As a second thought, if I do use the 5 gallon, I don't have a lid for it, and they don't make screen lids for 5 gallons that I see. Hm.

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Post by stephlisa on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 9:50 am

I think 1/4" is the recommended bar spacing for adults if you can find one that small, how small actually is she?
A 5 gallon wouldn't be terrible for just 3 weeks quarantine I think, definitely not for long term though.

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 10:25 am

Yep, 1/4 inch bar spacing is what is recommended but I don't think it's easy to find.  I agree that a 5g used only temporarily for quarantine is probably ok.

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Post by River on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 11:24 am

I'll check the bar spacing on the cage I have then. Thanks!

As for her size, I did receive a photo that showcases it quite well. Of course, I don't own the photo, so all credit to her current owner!  Would someone this size be able to slip out of 1/4"?


That said, the 5 gal. would most definitely be used only for the quarantine period (if used at all).

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Post by stephlisa on Thu 23 Mar 2017, 8:11 am

I can't see the picture Sad

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Post by Peachy on Thu 23 Mar 2017, 11:27 am

I can't see the picture either. After some escapes from cages, my rule of thumb is if the tip of my pinkie can fit through, the space is too wide for mice of any age (or size). I guess that might not work if you have giant pinkies, but it's worked for me so far. Razz Check doors and corners, that's where most of my escapees seem to find space to break out.
I've used a 5 gallon for quarantine once or twice, too.
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