Half of these does are from a couple of litters born last January off of Babs and Adamant. I had posted back in May that they were full grown, but I was wrong! Some of them grew larger. The black and white does are off of Adamant and Adamantine, who was from Babs and Adamant.
Doesn't look like they're overcrowded to me, all the mice look in great condition and their surroundings are lovely and clean. Mice will tell you when they're unhappy with their behaviour and overall condition
That's a thought; I take pix at changing time, so I'm usually moving on to the next one that's ready for cleaning.(Of course I end up handling and playing, one just cannot resist!) When the cage is clean, I take pix, because after that I load the tank up with wheels, tubes, hides, hay, chunks of cuttle bone, wood, oh, and right: FOOD. The girls don't mind the radical change in scenery and furnishings as long as they get food. but after the food is gone, it's really hard to see the girls because of all the furniture and stuff.
Pictures of big girls in hands will appear soon, W!
I've never had a problem with overcrowding; groups like this tend to be related females, because they get along very well with one another. And, as you said, Willow, the bright eyes and shiny coats pretty much say all that needs to be said. This group will remain together their whole life as the population thins when they get old and start to expire. I keep them together in a 10 gal. until there are only three or four, and then they usually go to a 5 1/2 or a medium large plastic tank. Sometimes populations of older does will be consolidated in a ten gal. tank, in which case I throw a 'mixer party' with fresh litter and lots of treats. I've found that switching cages primes them for consolidation by making them smell alike. Just an hour or two does it. Does with young daughters are most prone to territorial behavior so with young does, I will group the young in their own tank, combining does of similar age.