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5/6 weeks ago i bought 3 mice from 2 different pet shops that i have links with- Chocolate broken, Argentine Broken and BEW.
They all had lovely personalities and were so tame compared to any other mouse i've sseen in those pet shops.
Right, so, i keep all my mice (except from the sick ones) in my shed, where i close the windows and door in winter to top drafts etc etc. 2 days evenings ago, when i checked, fed and watered everyone, i found my Choc broken and BEW females dead, with the Argentine Broken still alive and well, but looking a little bit round. Now, i carefully check the amount of food i give to my mice, and don't go over the amount i give them unless i'm not feeding them the next evening.

So, after the scene setting, i have a quest for you to solve. Is she pregnant or is she chubby? All the weight she's carrying is in her middle, but she hasnt been introduced to any bucks yet. I've been asking people about wild/domestic hybrid mice, and i tell you now i havent been mixing them. Could it be possible that a wild buck snuck into the cage? What could've killed my 2 does? the BEW had a bloodey ear, but neither of them had battle wounds or was skinny etc.
 

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she's a banded with head splash and so was the other 'broken', but unless i'm selling i just say broken.
Are there any diseases that can kill mice fairly quickly? The lid was fairly secure with another heavy cage ontop to hold the lid down further.
Are there also any diseases that can cause bloating?
If she is pregnant then i have a bit of a problem if he could fit through the mesh O_O most of my cages have that mesh lid..

hope pics are ok, will take more if needed
 

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i just wrote a mega long message, then my laptop decided to really annoy me and crash haha
right, here we go

I looked back on dates, and realised that i was away in boston when the wild buck could've gotten in. My mums a bit slack on the security of cages, dispite the fact that because of it, she managed to let all my rats escape in my shed in summer (oh my goodness it was quite funny)

Yes the does were does, i know ssome thick people get mixed up, but it's very easy to tell (i also double checked before i bought them) :lol:

Also, has anyone of you had experience with banded and head spotting? i've only found one mouse that is just banded (mother of my new litter), and all the rest have been banded with head spot. Even The banded girl has produced babies that are banded+headspot (was a bit of a dissapointment..)

I half wish she is pregnant, because i get to see for my own eyes what a little hybrid mouse looks like. But, after asking a few people, i really wish she isnt, because theres not a lot i can do with the babies and people will think i made it happen after being very curious about wild mice crosses (college people will be very skeptical hahaha)
Mice will be mice. :)
 

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that's why i'm hoping she isn't pregnant haha
would it help to hand raise them at 2 weeks?
tutors at college loved my last lot of hand rears. And i know fancys are different, but those lot chattered to me and insisted in cleaning me :)

plus, what can i do with the babies appart from culling?
 
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