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Hi all,

I'm new here, obviously ;)

I'll be honest, I am looking to keep mice both for pleasure breeding and a seperate stock to breed for my snakes...I hope no one is offended by this.

I've kept mice in the past, a few years ago now, but never bred them.

Used to breed Syrian & Dwarf Campbells hamsters around the same time as I was keeping mice as pets...would love to return to that again, but my partner doesn't want any rodents in the house...not to mention we're lacking space.

Incidentally this bring me to the following...In the next couple of months I will be setting up a 6' x 4' shed just down the side of our house (so nicely sheltered) in which to keep my rodents (once it's set up).

I will be fully insulating the shed with thick polystyrene, and weatherproofing it etc...but will I need heating for the mice of will they fare well in this with just insulation?

Thanks all for reading & ''hello''.
 

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Hi Paul,

Just read your message; thanks for the swift reply!

Thanks for the info on the shed...fingers crossed I can get it sorted soon...really looking forward to keeping rodents again after a relatively long (or so it feels when you're missing the hobby!) break of 4 years or more.

I can see this 6' x 4' shed ''expanding'' mysteriously over time... :lol:
 

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Thank you everyone :D

Yep I will get around to posting some pics of our lot at some point in the non rodents section, lol.

Mousebreeder & Moustress; thanks for the info on temps...and Julieszoo thanks for the tip about putting your cages inside hutches over winter where possible, I may have to look into a double enclosure type construction for the coldest weeks.

Tratallen, yep, sounds about right. I can see this getting rather more costly than I was initially anticipating! Again, you've given me a few ideas...may well look into getting some cheap lino now for simple & effective cleaning.

And Oakelm - you should recognise the username ;) I am to be found kicking around elsewhere...
Again, thanks for the tips. I'd like a larger shed than 6 x 4 to be honest, but we just don't have the space unfortunately for now. But as long as it serves its purpose I'll be more than happy. Out of interest, how many tubs/mice do you manage to fit in a 6' x 4' shed Emma?

All the best
 

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Thanks Oakelm, that's really helpful :D

I think I will go with converted RUBs then. I need to get some in anyway for the reps so may as well just as them to the order.

Ahh yes, just googled Rody Cages...just as I thought they were. I have a couple of these at my parents from when I was keeping hamsters. I also have a Zoo Zone 1 (or 2) in their barn with an ammended lid (smaller bar spacing).

I was looking at lab type cages but it seems the frame doesn't break down for most & we wouldn't be able to fit it in the Land Rover.

Although I was offered some loose lab cages but the swap the seller wanted was rather in their favour!

Can't wait to get it all sorted now :)
 
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