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Can't figure out how to feed

Post by Vegansprinkles on Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:47 am

They opened their eyes today and now won't let me pick them up to feed or potty them. They are fast- got out today and had a horrific 2 hours trying to get them all back before the cats could get them. I hate to think I've made it this far and now they might starve. Any suggestions or help is welcome I'm in the Colorado Springs area if that matters.

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Re: Can't figure out how to feed

Post by Peachy on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:03 am

Here's a quote from our wild mouse article (https://www.petmousefanciers.com/t4-wild-mouse-mice-care-and-information):
At two-three weeks old, you can feed them their milk-substitute every 4 to 6 hours. At four and five weeks old, feed them every 6 to 8 hours. After 5 weeks, they will be weaned and able to survive on their own. Starting at two weeks, you should also begin to offer real food and water. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons per baby of wild bird seed around their box. If you do not have bird seed to give them, use dog kibble, uncooked oatmeal, rice, scrambled eggs, uncooked pasta, toasted bread, or cereals that are all-natural and healthy, and get them wild bird seed as soon as you can. Use a *very* shallow cap (like the top of a Snapple bottle) as a dish of water. You don't want to use a deeper dish because babies can fall in and will drown. Check their water often to make sure it stays clean.

If they're going potty on their own (if I remember correctly, my babies were going on their own around this age...) They don't need your help with that anymore. If they won't let you handle them to feed, you can put their formula in a little bottle cap for them to drink from.

And patience! My domestic two week olds could be a handful... wild ones would be, I expect, pretty wild. Wink

Good luck. Good vibes

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Re: Can't figure out how to feed

Post by Vegansprinkles on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:10 pm

Thanks Smile It is pretty wild now! It's so frustrating how fast it changed I was a bundle of nerves before and now I'm full panic mode lol.
Do they normally figure out how to drink by themselves or should I still be trying to force feed them? I have cats and dogs if the mice escape and I can't get them back they're basically done for which is why I'm reluctant to keep trying to handle the little wiggly guys.

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Post by Peachy on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:34 pm

Between their curiosity and being able to smell food and water, they'll definitely figure it out. Once one gets it down, the rest will too, so you can worry even less. lol Kudos for putting the time, energy, and heart into caring for these guys. Heart

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