Satin meece are notorious for harmful recessives that can cause some of these problems, although diarrhea isn't one of those problems. Satin babies from inbred lines often cease growing at 2 to 3 weeks of age, seem to age and shrink instead of growing. One of the tell-tales is a skinny stick of a tail ( I cal these pintails) on which the outer layer with it's ringed texture missing and in which you can actually see the segments of the interior. These babies usually have digestive problems and often are seen moving around the cage at a very young age, like before the eyes open. I have no pictures of this anymore, but I just happen to have several examples of this unfortunate syndrome, and I'll take pix tonight. The wee mousies will probably go to a kill can in the next couple of days.
It took me years to establish a healthy line of satins from pet store stock.
I have found some quite nice meeces in pet stores; not what I'd call spindly at all. It's a matter of finding a pair of satins to breed that don't carry the harmful recessives. Obviously I wouldn't buy a mousie that looked 'spindly' or otherwise faulty. To categorize all pet store meeces like that is simply nonsense. Once I found the right buck my satin lines have been nearly free of this sort of health problem. I'm glad to hear you found a treatment for your meeces, Heather. I am fortunate in having had one or two cases of diarrhea in the ten plus years I've kept mousies.
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