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 Post subject: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:30 am 
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My friend just caught four mice that were frequenting his apartment, and I have heard mention about how fancy mice have been bred for their large, unnatural litter sizes. Has anyone tried breeding wild ones to test the theory on wild litter sizes being smaller? To see how much smaller they really are? Besides mites, what other diseases/pathogens would be easily transmitted between my colony and the wild ones? Is this just a bad idea? I'm going to assume these mice are are around 3 weeks of age, they have no fear of humans and were running about the apartment as I was visiting. Or would the stress of being wild and raised by people probably just kill them or make them eat their own litters? So many ideas flooding my brain at once!


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 Post subject: Re: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:16 am 
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yes! I have, I wanted to breed wild mice to see how long it would take to tame them. But I only caught a few then i started catching voles... then I realised there are 2 types of voles and mice that look identical!!! Bank and field voles and yellow necked and (can't remember its name) mice. Then theres the problem of sexing i was crap but at one point had 5 voles living together all on a wheel :lol: I had one mouse she had 6 babies but she got so stressed they all died :( its really hard so i set them free and got fancy mice lol :)


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 Post subject: Re: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
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That's cool! Thanks for mentioning the different species bit, I'll look into that to make sure I've got all the same stuff.

EDIT: Are you able to cross breed fancy mice with their wild counterparts?


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 Post subject: Re: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
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I don't know about England but in Sweden some friends of mine have had wild mice break in and allegedly had babies with their mice. I don't know if such hybrids are possible tho.


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House mice and fancy mice are one and the same (mus musculus) and can therefore interbreed. I don't know why one would want to though... :?



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 Post subject: Re: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
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there's no need to breed them to gather info,mice are the most researched animal.Wild house mice have litters that average 6 to 8.


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I have a wild mouse, but he's just a pet. He was found as a baby, lost from his litter somehow. He enjoys brief cheekrubs, but doesn't prefer to be handled. wouldn't want to breed him, because there is no point in doing so.

I do however, have deer mice that are mostly wild, and I intend to breed them and tame them up.


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In the summer I rescued a woodmouse from my neighbour's cat, and she produced a litter of four before I could release her. Unfortunately all the babies died a week later, probably because the mother was unable to feed them properly after her fright with the cat. Woodmice and fancy/house mice cannot interbreed as they are different species.


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 Post subject: Re: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
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The interbreeding question is a little more broad, I'm not asking about house mice specifically, although that's probably what they are. I'll put up pics of them later and you can tell me what you think. Maaaybe deer mice, but idk if the coats are red enough. There are two different sizes in the bunch, and some of them have really white bellies, whereas some are more of a light gray.

Why would someone want to cross breed a zebra and a horse? Out of curiosity I guess... Body proportionally they are so different from my mice, its fun to think about what hybrids would look like.


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 Post subject: Re: Have anyone tried raising/breeding wild mice?
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house mice are agouti all over,no white bellies.


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