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Will my baby mice be eaten????

Post by Smackin on Mon 22 Jan 2018, 10:29 pm

Hey. so i went away on a holiday and gave my only girl mouse to my friend, one day a wild mouse came into the cage and now shes had the babies (dont worry we got mouse friend out).
The babies were born on the 18th of Feburary and are yet to have fur, open eyes and open ears but they have pigments.
i have raised so many litters of babies and this has been the only pregnancy were a baby died at birth, and the mother has acted strangely. Today I wanted to check on the babies for the first time, too see how many were there and see if they were healthy or what not and as soon as the mother found out I touched her babies she freaked out and put all of them in one of the tubes in her cage and im just really afraid she feels intimidated and will kill them. Will she???

i can just hear them squeaking loudly

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Re: Will my baby mice be eaten????

Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue 23 Jan 2018, 4:28 am

I'm no expert on breeding and raising mouse pups, but I don't believe it's terribly likely that she'll cull them all over this. You have to be careful, though. If she's an erratic mother, she would always be out of the cage and out of the line of sight before you go in and touch the cubs.

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Re: Will my baby mice be eaten????

Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Tue 23 Jan 2018, 7:34 am

Depending on the diameter of the tube, I imagine a pile of mouse babies in there would have difficulty all feeding, especially since they are only getting bigger every minute. Hungry pups would do a lot of squeaking. They squeak anyway, but you don't want them squeaking in distress because they are hungry.

Additionally, if the tube location is new to the babies, they may be squeaking out of concern for being in an unfamiliar place, trying to establish their comfort zone again. They want their nest and their mommy's smell (including in the bedding) and touch.

I would just watch for mumsie mouse to move the babies back to the nest -- make sure, as best as you can, that they are being completely cared for in the tube. Leave the nest intact and undisturbed for them to return to. Once they go back to the nest, then remove (if possible) any of those tubes or other awkward hiding places, and leave the mousies to themselves for a few days. Provide clean food and water, don't clean anything except really stinky/soiled spots, don't disturb the nest, and let the mother do what she thinks is right for her babies.

If she doesn't take the babies home to the nest, or if you see signs of trouble, check back.

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