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I'm across the room from two of my mice (bestest friends forever, "Big" and "Small"). Big just recently gave birth to a litter and Small is now due any day.

I heard a few very odd noises coming from the other side of the room here, but I don't want to go over there to check and stress anyone out. :?

It sounds like.. kind of like a zipper being zipped up really fast, if that makes sense. What exactly does a mouse in labor sound like?

--Edit: Mods, I apologize, I believe this should have gone on the Help board. I'd move it if I could.

---Update: Yup, that's what I was hearing! New, large litter born - I'll be posting pictures later on, but right now the mother needs a chance to rest. :lol:
 

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It sounds like "squeak! squeak!" The babies usually "cry" for attention and milk as soon as they're born. The first couple of days they cannot be left for more than a few minutes at a time lest they freeze, so they're good at making high-pitched noises that trigger any mouse present (male or female, parent or not) to sit on them and keep them warm.

I wouldn't worry about disturbing them too much by checking on them once in a while. Mice should be bred for docility and their adaptiveness (looks like I just made a new word) to human interaction. If a female is going to eat her babies because her human looked at them to check on them, she probably shouldn't be bred further. I handle all my babies from day 1. In the past I've also handled petstore babies from day one. I think the risk of eating their babies due to touch is real, but overly exaggerated by fear mongers. :)
 

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Well, sounds like congratulations is in order! The eekings of tiny pinkers is music to the ears.
 

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I agree, Jack - it's not that this particular mouse is aggressive or a baby-eater (none of my mice are, yay!), she just gets scared easily and will run away from the babes the moment I open her cage. Thanks all! :lol:
 
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