Thats interesting you say this is an OCD behavior, as it is the first mouse I have ever owned to display this behaviour. Do you have any lab studies or reports to back up this information? I would love to see scientific reports that confirm this.
I noticed this mouse display this behaviour for the first time last week, as I have only owned this mouse (as well as the 33 others I just got) for a total of 2 weeks, I can not say whether she had displayed it before. However, it took me almost a week to catch her doing it again (and considering how much time I spend in the room, which is quite a lot - I often fall asleep in there staring into the cages, she does not perform this behaviour frequently).
The two times I observed the behaviour, the second time was when I caught it on film, were both right after the nest had been disturbed. I noticed she kept grabbing her tail while she was trying to build a nest, and attempt to take it to the nest to add to the material. In fact, the first time I saw her do this, she had bedding and her tail in her mouth. She also would try to grab another mouse's tail if left available and attempt to take it to the nest. If she couldn't carry the mouse's tail (which obviously she can't) she would spend a few seconds trying to dig out from around it and see what it was "stuck under", before attempting to move it again. I saw her do this several times and with multiple mice.
This particular doe did come from a cage of barberers, because she was barbered when I got her, but her whiskers are growing back in now. However, it is my understanding that barbering is a hereditary condition that is used for establishing a hierarchy order among deems of males or males and females (typically, where the dominant male has the condition, the sub-ordinate mice will be barbered). However, with deems of does, it is often displayed when no order is present. At least, this is what I have read and researched in lab reports.
This particular tank lacks stimulus for a reason. I have several tanks set up with varying degrees of stimulus/diets to try and determine which set up mice learn best under. I am attempting to clicker train several mice, and its a real challenge trying to determine which food/diets get their attention the best, how to get their attention and make them want to train, etc. It seems the cages with the lesser stimuli respond better when taken out for training sessions. And, so far, those with a bland diet respond better to food rewards. Now I'm just trying to figure out which mice are the more intelligent ones to work with. We already know that Super Y and Triple X are our most agile and active participants, but they tend to be too curious and not motivated enough by our rewards. Although, through natural curiosity, they often respond correctly to my signals.
The behaviour of these animals is very fascinating to me, and thats why I keep my camera handy to document anything that happens of interest. I have another video of our little acrobat Super Y scaling the side of a 35 gallon aquarium (with the help of a water bottle, of course).
Please let me know if you have any lab reports on this behaviour, I would love to see it! I really enjoy reading any studies, articles, books, or anything on animal behaviour.