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Post by blackvelvetymouse on Tue 25 Aug 2020, 12:50 pm

Hi, I’ve recently, in the last 6 weeks or so, had 10 Mouse brothers come into my life! I was worried what would happen to them otherwise- how easy is it to rehome male Mice?!- difficult I would imagine. So I said I’d have them, and make sure they had a good life in their short lifespans.
They’re beautiful and fascinating and I love watching them, but obviously, fighting has started. So, last week I had 3 of them neutered, the instigators of separate fights over the last few weeks.
How long before I can start putting them together- most things I find about introductions are Male into a Female group or females into an existing female group.
But these are 3 singles, would it be a similar method? Plus, a 6 week wait is mentioned in regards to going into a female group to avoid pregnancy but how about Male to Male? Can it be sooner? Or do they still need 6 weeks fir testosterone to reduce sufficiently?
Also I’ve read much about the process- what is the idea of the smaller initial ‘bonding’ cage to start with, before going into a bigger cage, which will also be cleaned and neutral?
Any advice would be really helpful, as I’m feeling quite stressed by the whole thing, and I’d feel much happier when the 3 ‘neuts’ are together- one in particular seems quite sad and quiet plus, I need their cages to separate 2 others that’s have just started kicking off. I’m picking up my 6th cage tomorrow😳 and bracing myself for another trip to the vets!
Thanks in advance!

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Post by SarahAdams on Tue 25 Aug 2020, 1:08 pm

It's very kind of you to take on 10 male mice who very well may need to be all housed separately. You can't watch them all the time and fights can be very serious.

I would say rehoming males is quite difficult. They need to be kept alone and whoever takes one will have to be prepared to give extra attention to it. They also smell pretty badly.

I just took in 3 boys. They were in the humane society for quite some time and although they are very pretty and cute no one wanted them.

I can't answer the neutering questions. I only ever neutered a rat and rats are very different than mice.

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Post by blackvelvetymouse on Tue 25 Aug 2020, 3:17 pm

It was a difficult situation. My daughter got a couple of supposedly same sex Mice from somewhere like gumtree or fb marketplace, I think someone had had enough of them. Anyway, they weren’t same sex, and once my daughter had discovered the first litter, the mum was pregnant again ☹ My daughter was also having to move house.
I live up in Scotland and my daughter is 6 hours away down south, but I said, I would have the boys fro the second litter. The first lot were weaned, sexed and separated. My daughter had the dad & first lot of boys, a friend of ours had the mum and daughters, and I had the second lot of boys. I think she had 14 babies in all and only 3 of them were girls! The second litter was 11 altogether, with just 1 girl, lovely Minimus Mouse Heart Eyes

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