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Post by essentiallysue on Wed 23 Aug 2017, 6:21 pm

I have an air filter to help purify the air (my husband used to smoke in the house). I hope that will keep down the smell. The individual bins are 2 feet by 1 1/2, nice enough for 1 mouse. The other bins are large (20 gal., I think). I have 4 large bins, but am only using 3 until I split up the baby girls. Believe or not, I also have a Syrian hamster. She's in her own bin. All of these are in the bedroom, so I can take action if any sqeaking starts.

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Post by Peachy on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 12:00 pm

With my first two litters I ended up with 9 boy cages and three girl cages. Only one of the babies is left, Mr Frog is 3 in January and doing wonderful! It's been a joy to watch him grow. I felt the same though, ready to get back down to two mouse cages ASAP (not that that happened... I still have 5!).

Have you looked into shelters taking in a few of the boys? Maybe something to consider in case you find yourself overwhelmed. You could probably donate their bins and accessories so they're still "home" in some sense. Smile

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Post by essentiallysue on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 7:32 pm

I have a good method for cleaning. I clean while they sit in a waiting station. Then I put them back with new houses and sitting stations, clean wheels and chewing sticks, etc. They know the routine and accept it very well. I am shredding all my old tax files that are older than 7 years. Makes good bedding! Also, mixed with newspaper shreds and postal mailing paper. They love to stuff their houses with shreds. Then they cover their food dishes to frustrate me. I hear them laughing in their little homes.

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Post by essentiallysue on Mon 28 Aug 2017, 7:03 pm

Little update. I have three girl cages, with 15 girls all divided up and happy. I have 10 boy cages, fully equipted with wheels, water bottles, food and little houses, ready for new homes, all this for free. I have placed one already, and they reported he is called Stewart Little, and they love him! I live in Lake Worth, Florida, if anyone is near and wants a precious mouse or several.

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Post by CallaLily on Mon 28 Aug 2017, 7:51 pm

Awww. Great job! So happy you found a good home for one of the boys.

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Post by essentiallysue on Mon 28 Aug 2017, 8:13 pm

The boy I gave Stewart Little to yesterday - today is his birthday! I didn't even know..

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Post by Jwroach on Sat 13 Jan 2018, 8:26 am

Hello, I’m new to mice. Santa brought mice for my 5 yo son for Christmas and we had a surprise male among the pair, now we have babies. My question is, when the litter is old enough to separate males from females is it ok to leave mom and females together? Dad is already in his own cage. She only had 6 pups, not quite a week old. I would like to keep females with mom?

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Post by Peachy on Sat 13 Jan 2018, 2:19 pm

Eek, what fun for you guys! I hope you didn't get too many boys. lol

It's definitely ok to keep any female babies with Mom. This way she gets friends without you needing to mess with introductions.

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Post by Jwroach on Sat 27 Jan 2018, 7:18 am

Thank you for the reply. All 7 babies are now running around, it’s very cool to watch all the flurry of activity in the cage.

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