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Post by libbylovesmice Tue 28 Jun 2016, 2:24 pm

Hello! I'm Libby! I currently have two female gerbils, Lexy and Flower. I love my gerbils, but I'm looking to adopt mice. I'm trying to convince my parents to let me get two females, but I still have a long way to go. If anyone has tips on mice care or convincing my parents, please share! I'm looking forward to learning more about mice and chatting with you all! Smile

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Post by GabbiLuvsMice Tue 28 Jun 2016, 2:27 pm

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Post by CinnamonPearl Tue 28 Jun 2016, 2:42 pm

Welcome to the forum! 

You know, it might be better to get three females instead of two. Two girls is an incomplete colony and can lead to fighting. Three is the golden number. Smile

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Post by MesaMouse Tue 28 Jun 2016, 3:26 pm

Wow Another Arizonan! Welcome aboard -- you've come to the right place for good information on being a mouse parent. As CinnamonPearl said, a good beginner colony is three females or one male (males cannot live together). With three girls, one will be the alpha, one the "underling" and the third will be the peacekeeper; with only two, the alpha will run roughshod over the underling but, more importantly, is if one of the duo passes on, the other can die of heartbreak -- not an issue when there's three or more.

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Post by River Tue 28 Jun 2016, 3:47 pm

I only have two girls, and they've never fought except for the initial introduction. I guess I got lucky. If I ever find a good breeder or an accidental litter, I'll expand my colony. Til then, two is working out alright for me. It's the bare minimum of mice girls you can have!

As far as convincing your parents, all I can really suggest is that you display a great amount of knowledge and interest in them. Not sure what else will work.

Males are a nice option if you don't mind the 'quirks' people tend to find in them.


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Post by Peachy Tue 28 Jun 2016, 3:48 pm

Welcome!! At the top of the page, under the Mouse Information category, there is a lot of wonderful information for new and aspiring owners that you can click through. Best of luck convincing your parents! Smile
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Post by CallaLily Tue 28 Jun 2016, 5:21 pm

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Post by MouseLover Tue 28 Jun 2016, 8:24 pm

Welcome to the forum, I hope you learn lots about mice here Smile
My only advice for convincing your parents is to do lots of research about mouse care to show them you're being responsible and prepared for their needs. Also make sure you do a really fab job of taking care of your gerbils - they won't say yes to more pets if you're not keeping up with your gerbil chores!

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Post by libbylovesmice Tue 28 Jun 2016, 10:15 pm

Thank you all for the tips and welcomes!

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Post by Brynne Tue 28 Jun 2016, 10:25 pm

Welcome!

I'm envious that Arizona allows gerbils but nearby California does not. For 20 years in New England, I always went back and forth between keeping mice and gerbils- Of course, I sometimes had both at the same time. Best of both worlds!

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Post by Rodents rock! Tue 28 Jun 2016, 10:27 pm

Welcome! I have two male gerbils. Pip and Pup. They are such wonderful boys. I recently got a male mouse and named him Mickey. We are still getting acquainted. Very curious boy. I'm in Arizona too!
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Post by River Wed 29 Jun 2016, 8:31 am

California seems to have pretty strict animal laws! Gerbils are cute. Always loved their distinct little noses!

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Post by Brynne Wed 29 Jun 2016, 9:33 pm

Sorry to hijack!  I fondly remember the last litter of gerbils born in my home c. 2002. Their tails stuck straight up like aerials when they were young, too cute! For no apparent reason, their eyes were still closed at two and a half weeks. Even so, little  Nathan Travis somehow mastered running on the mesh wheel and taught it to his four siblings!  He was a lovely black piebald. Their mother, Remiah, looked like a badger. Their father, Padraig,  was an albino for 8 months... until he turned into a dark-tailed white!

It was my choice to move here. I needed to move on. California bans gerbils, degus, ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, prarie dogs, giant rats, dormice.  I rehomed my 14-year-old African clawed frog with my aunt because there was no safe way to sneak him here. Which of my other little pets is ever going to live to 14?

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