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Myth said:
Nice - don't envy you having to clean it out though ! :lol:
I know, it's a big job..but luckily my mice have chosen the big wheel thingie on top as the toilet spot (weird but handy). It just snaps off and I rinse it daily! I'm worried though about when the babies come, I'm not sure where she's going to have them (I'm hoping she'll choose one of the removable petting chambers). How soon after birth can I move them to clean out? Mum is very skittish at the moment and I'm petrified of her eating all her babes. Also are cages with bars a risk for the cricket stage??? I'm a first time mousey Mum and want to know as much as I can to keep them safe.
 

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I'm worried though about when the babies come, I'm not sure where she's going to have them (I'm hoping she'll choose one of the removable petting chambers). How soon after birth can I move them to clean out? Mum is very skittish at the moment and I'm petrified of her eating all her babes. Also are cages with bars a risk for the cricket stage??? I'm a first time mousey Mum and want to know as much as I can to keep them safe.
It'll be best to move the pregnant lady into a small tank to have her babies. The kittens will escape through the bars and it would be easy for babies to get lost in the tubes etc. Best to keep the family in a small, safe space, especially if mum is skittish.

Sarah xxx
 

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I'm worried though about when the babies come, I'm not sure where she's going to have them (I'm hoping she'll choose one of the removable petting chambers). How soon after birth can I move them to clean out? Mum is very skittish at the moment and I'm petrified of her eating all her babes. Also are cages with bars a risk for the cricket stage??? I'm a first time mousey Mum and want to know as much as I can to keep them safe.
It'll be best to move the pregnant lady into a small tank to have her babies. The kittens will escape through the bars and it would be easy for babies to get lost in the tubes etc. Best to keep the family in a small, safe space, especially if mum is skittish.

Sarah xxx
Thanks Sarah, My next question is I have another female from the same pet shop (same tank) bought on the same day who I think may also be pregnant (just starting to show I think) should I put her with the expectant Mum? I have already removed 2 other females (not pregnant, younger from another pet shop). I have read so much conflicting opinion on this, is it better to leave her on her own or pair her up with another female?
 

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If they are both due within a couple of days of each other it's OK to leave them, but if you have one very pregnant mouse and one only just starting to show, you'll be best to seperate them as the younger babies will not be able to compete with the older babies for milk. Females are fine birthing and nursing alone, I never have more than one female with a litter until at least two weeks old.

I'm going to move these baby-related posts into their own thread as they are off topic ;)

Sarah xxx
 
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