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Lujayn is a lovely mousie, especially her tan belly. A good tan belly is something I've been working on and something for which I would get another mousie in a heartbeat. Too bad you are on the 'wrong' side of the pond. I've produced a lot of off shade champagne trying to get good champagne tan. Some of them look more like your dove than they do like champagne. That dad is pretty nice as well.
 

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Your show judges would probably find that Lujayn's ears are wrinkly; the shape is actually close to my ideal and I prefer ears that don't hang on the side of the head and especially dislike that kind of ear when it's flopping over on the top edge. I like clean unwrinkly ears that are tulip shaped (like a petal of a tulip).

Some of my tans have had nice orange color around the edges but very faded in the middle of the tummy. I have learned to appreciate the need to conserve traits like the tan belly. I have one doe with a nice tan belly and no other good tan to breed her to, as of yet, but do have a couple of young mice that look like the orange is real orange and not pale apricot. What other out cross other than another good tan do you think would be good for this? I've done crosses to fawn and argent, which is where I think I have something to work with.
 

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Well, then, Mark, you should let me in on your secret. Don't worry, I won't be able to use any of it on you in shows as I doubt I'll ever cross the pond. What goes into the making of a realy good tan belly?
 

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You are hilarious, Mark, verging on cruel! Now I must plot how to breed meeces with a belly color identical to that of the day-glo orange one finds on safety vests and emergency markers. Hah! The gauntlet has been thrown!

(Kidding, mostly :D )

I should note that last night I found a nice orange color on the belly of a four week old marked satin champagne moosiekin and a satin cinnamon tan in another young litter.

I love this forum.
 

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Tan being a dominant gene has had a kind of funny result in this house. I've had a couple of tan meeces, probably champagne tans, bucks, escape and remain on the lam for days. I now have house mice with tans bellies; it does show the incomplete dominance of tan over agouti. I can't bring myself to kill the wild ones outright, so I try to get them in live traps of various sorts so that I can release them near my compost bins. I have been kidded about having 'free-range fancies'.

We have also seen yellow meeces running wild on rare occasion. The wild or half-wild meeces used to break into my tanks with predictable results. If a half-wild litter occurs I usually keep them until they are big enough to fly away, or if they are tractable, I just keep them. I've tried to breed them on occasion, but they seem to be incompatible. Makes me wonder if my wild mice aren't something other than mus musculus...though they should be still be genetically compatible, shouldn't they? It's a puzzle that will remain unsolved, as I've perfected my housing so there should be no more of this random partying in the mousery.

Now I'm working on mouseproofing the whole thing so that I can total control over the environment.
 
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