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Post by River Sun 18 Sep 2016, 9:59 pm

Graham has been incredibly shy for months. She had this nibbling / biting problem since I got her. I decided to do the controversial and hand-feed. I've seen it recommended some places and discouraged others,and since she bit anyways, I assumed it couldn't get worse.
So I put some oats in my hand and she hopped right on. I lifted it slowly and let her eat and when she was done I let her down. The results were seemingly instant; she's really comfortable with me now. Every time I interact with her, she'll hop right into my hand and just sit, looking around. She hasn't done any full-on biting since, and seems to be nibbling less. She even popcorns around me now. I assume this is really uncommon, and I wouldn't risk doing it with an untamed mouse again, but I thought I'd share because it's so odd.

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Post by Peachy Sun 18 Sep 2016, 10:39 pm

Hooray! I'm glad that seems to have worked for you. I hand treats to new/timid mice sometimes, too. Sort of like, "Hey look, I'm not all bad." lol I imagine a lot of the problems come up when the only interaction mice actually have with you is you feeding them treats. Just a guess, though. Pardon
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Post by CallaLily Mon 19 Sep 2016, 1:21 pm

Glad things are coming around! Definitely something that probably totally depends on the mouse. Good for you on reading your mouse right and finding a way that worked for you both to stop the nibbling/biting.

I personally rarely hand treat but I've had bad experiences with hamsters that seemed to chomp first and look/smell later because of it. Took me a while to figure out that was the cause.

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Post by MouseLover Mon 19 Sep 2016, 2:23 pm

Whatever works for you Laughing funny girl

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