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Post by ellen on Mon 14 May 2018, 1:27 pm

Hi! I just joined and have been reading many posts. I have a small wire cage that I will be using temporarily until I get a long aquarium but I have a question concerning wire spacing. What is the appropriate wire spacing so he won't get out? I'll be getting a 7 week old male mouse soon and have never owned one before. Excited!

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Re: Wire spacing

Post by Jadamouse on Mon 14 May 2018, 11:09 pm

hello and welcome! Wave

if the spacing is any larger than 1/4 inch then i wouldn't recommend using the cage, especially since he is young he is most likely smaller than a fully grown mouse and would be able to escape easier.

you could always use a tall storage bin with minimal climbing toys (so he cant escape) and just leave the lid off as a temporary cage if the wire cage's bar spacing is too small or if you are concerned that he will get out.

good luck with your little mousie Smile

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Re: Wire spacing

Post by CallaLily on Tue 15 May 2018, 7:23 am

I would be careful using a lidless enclosure. Mice can jump pretty high and are expert climbers. It’s easy enough to cut an opening in a bin lid and attach metal hardware cloth for ventilation.  Better safe than sorry. Wink

But yes, 1/4 inch bar spacing for young mice. Older mice you may be able to get away with 3/8 inch. Make sure the bars don’t bend easily and double check for larger gaps near doors and corners.

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