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I have a cage of mice that look like there fur has been chewed?!
they have patches of fur missing, only small patches and they are just random over the mice.. they dont have any scabs or seem to be itching, they are kept on aubouise (sp) and tishue.
the fur near the patches looks cropped like it has been chewed short.

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It could be barbering? I know rats sometimes go around barbering their cage mates. Rabbits, too- honestly, you wouldn't thing cage mate's fur would be THAT tasty, but.... I guess sometimes it is? I seem to recall it sometimes (rarely) being a sign of protein deficiency but someone else is going to have to back me up on that one- I could be misremembering.

Best bet is A LOT of studying to try and determine the cause. When I had mites crop up with my rats and my rabbits, they didn't itch so much at first. I caught it early due to observation... I saw the mites and some of the signs other then the itching first. Ewww.

Ringworm... aagh. There's one I hope I never see.
 

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Yeah, I usually find mites before I see the effects of the mites on the mouse.

Barbering might be it. Keep an eye on your mice and see if they're using each other as chew toys. :p
 

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If they're not scratching and seem fine otherwise, I'd guess you have a barber.

Do the mice have all their whiskers? I found that my girls who liked chewing patches of fur off the others also liked relieving them of their whiskers :roll: Obviously not all mice that barber go for whiskers too but it'd be a bit of a giveaway if they're missing.
 

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Whisker nibblers and barbers are so annoying. Especially when they grab a tuft of hair and pull it hard enough to hurt and then holds on while the the victim runs squeaking around the tank until the fur is pulled out or breaks. Isn't it a form of dominance grooming?
 

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Whisker nibblers and barbers are so annoying. Especially when they grab a tuft of hair and pull it hard enough to hurt and then holds on while the the victim runs squeaking around the tank until the fur is pulled out or breaks. Isn't it a form of dominance grooming?
Yes, I think I read that somewhere. Ah, here we go: http://www.fancymice.info/behaviour.htm I'm so glad all my little ones get along.
 

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thanks for all the advice so far..
I thought lice but they should be clean (i recently done them) but i have done them again incase (although they dont have visable lice or sore patches) I also thought ringworm but again nor patches of sore or scabs. It does look like when I had guinea pigs and the female used to chew the fur but they never left it bald up to the skin ( but the cropping looks like that)

the group is two females and the 5 week old babys(4 of them, so 6 altogether)
 

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here are a few pics of them to show you what it looks like... Its just the two larger females out of the babys ( the two smaller babys seem ok and both mums.)

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they are both young females though from same litter? they are still in with the mums ... I have never had anything like this before... when i have had males fight i have scabs on rump and tail where they keep nipping, or on testicals.
never had young female siblings fight :(
 

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:lol: Yeah, I'm sure if you keep an eye on them for a few days, maybe move their cage to somewhere you can watch it really well for most of the day, you'll figure out who the culprit is!
 

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I guess all of us are only speculating, but it's worth telling you that this looks EXACTLY like a problem I had a while back.

It was definitely not fighting or any kind of damage caused by another mouse.
Ivermectin didn't help and it spread amongst my mice (from cage to cage) like wild fire!

It was, however, easily treated by making a tea tree solution (essential oil mixed with water) and spraying the mice twice a day, morning and night for a good few weeks.

Are your mice sctatching?

Also worth noting, I also use Aubiose.
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I have not noticed them scratching but they are kept out doors and all eyes turn to me for food when i go into the mouse shed!
I will try the tee tree thing and see how that goes.
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how much water do you add to the teatree oil?
 

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I'd be almost certain that it's ringworm from the pictures.Get some athletes foot powder and sprinkle every one in the cage.Do them twice and any fungal infection will be killed with no harm to the mice.It's very contagious so wash your hands to prevent catching it yourself and transferring it to the others.
 

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I have done the ones in that tank and will do the rest a little later ! (i had some power in from when i had mouldy reptile eggs) when should I do the next treatment? and you say only need to do them twice?
I really hope its not ringworm but best to be safe than sorry!
 

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I find twice over the course of a week does the trick but you can do more safely.After I introduced it :evil: via someone elses stock I always powder new rodents prior to mixing them in.It's such a persistant thing once it takes a hold.
 

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I have reacently taken in some mice from a different breeder! although I found these patches in one of my other cages I did find a new patch today on the new mice! so dont know if it came in or I had it?? or have it even??

I feel all itchy now , I am constanly washing my hands (slightly ocd) but you have to when your have a room full of rodents and another full of reptiles... but I still worry incase it spreds to handles ect...

If it is ringworm do you think i have caught it early enough ? do you think once its in the collection it will keep popping up?
 
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