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Post by Blackcandyapple Sun 26 Jun 2016, 11:15 am

I bought 2 mice and for the most part they seem to get along fine, possibly a little squabbling, has any one noticed a difference between 2 and 3 mice? there are still mice available from where i got them from their litter, if i got another one would they get along still or would i need to go about re-introducing them?

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Post by River Sun 26 Jun 2016, 11:37 am

Really, it depends on when you got your pets. I'd say its unlikely for them to fight severely with litter mates unless they'd been separated for a long period of time.
Three mice finishes the colony, so its recommended, however two should be fine.
To be on the safe side, I'd introduce them slowly anyhow.

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Post by Blackcandyapple Sun 26 Jun 2016, 12:51 pm

how does it finish a colony, how do we know this?

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Post by Peachy Sun 26 Jun 2016, 12:55 pm

Females tend to get along whether or not they're from the same litter, as long as they're introduced correctly. Here's some information about how to do that: http://petmousefanciers.forumotion.com/t39-introducing-mice

Three females is often recommended because the relationship between two females can get too intense, and a third can serve as a sort of peacekeeper. Additionally, three means that if one passes away, no one will be left alone.
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Post by River Sun 26 Jun 2016, 3:30 pm

@Blackcandyapple wrote:how does it finish a colony, how do we know this?

It "finishes" the colony as there are three main positions in a mouse colony. This doesn't mean you can't have more than 3; you absolutely can! Its just that those positions are needed for a colony. Anyone remember what these positions are called?

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Post by MouseLover Sun 26 Jun 2016, 4:36 pm

I don't remember what words we "officially" use for them, but they're basically like a dominant mouse, a submissive mouse, and a peace keeper.

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Post by CinnamonPearl Sun 26 Jun 2016, 4:58 pm

Three is absolutely better than two. Three mice make a complete colony, and colonies of only two girls can lead to over-dominance and bickering. However, if you get a third mouse, she will have to go through a three-week quarantine and you'll have to follow introduction procedures. Two mice can work, but if you notice them starting to argue, getting a third girl can really help.

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Post by scaredymouse Sun 26 Jun 2016, 6:01 pm

alpha, beta, peacekeeper Smile

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