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Post by lunalady on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:32 am

Question. I am getting mice, bucks and does at the show. Should I bring a container for each one. How big should they be. I plan to stay overnite and I don't want them stressed by a too small of a container. I was going to get kritter keepers. Xlarge and maybe I could keep single mice in them. Feedback appreciated.

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Post by Rhasputin on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:47 am

Generally does can be kept together, but plan to have spare cages in case they don't. Bucks will all need separate containers. Happy
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Post by candycorn on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:00 pm

And just remember if you expose them to each other from different breeders, you will need to keep all of them quarentined away from your other mice but then they could stay togeather since they are already exposed to each other.
I would definatly use kritter keepers and keep those bucks in one of their own.
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:15 pm

Hey! Way to make a lot of money at RF: make a bunch of small bin cages and sell them to people who just bought mice!!!!!
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Post by lunalady on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:19 pm

What size kritter keepers???? Should I get x;arge ones. Then that could be their home?????

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Post by kawmice on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:26 pm

I always wind up buying cages from people there. I always find more
mice to bring hone then I have reserved. Lol.

If you are staying overnight I would say at least a med critter keeper for each boy and a large for the girls. As long as you can fit a water bottle and some kind if hiddy (toliet paper roll is my choice for travel especially) and you should be fine. Happy
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Post by kawmice on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:28 pm

I actually use shot glasses (plastic) for water when traveling and tape them on their travel cage.
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Post by lunalady on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:31 pm

Shot glasses. Do we use them later at the hotel???? Announcement

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Post by kawmice on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:39 pm

Hahaha!!!!!

Guess we could! Lol
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Post by Rhasputin on Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:11 pm

lunalady wrote:Shot glasses. Do we use them later at the hotel???? Announcement

WOO WOO!

Mouse party!
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Post by LittleSniffs on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:30 pm

I better be able to come now ;-) LOL
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Post by Zia on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:15 am

I'm making travel cages out of shoebox sized bins. I even have a couple pet sized boys living in them now as I've ran out of spare KKs lol. They're really easy and cheap to make, and for temporary (say travel, hotel, and QT period) they make fine housing.
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Post by doganddisc on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:24 am

Zia wrote:I'm making travel cages out of shoebox sized bins. I even have a couple pet sized boys living in them now as I've ran out of spare KKs lol. They're really easy and cheap to make, and for temporary (say travel, hotel, and QT period) they make fine housing.

I'm doing this too. It's cost me about $3 per box and doesn't take too long to make. I'm trying to stock up now as I'm sure I'll need quite a few come RF Happy
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Post by lunalady on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:33 am

How do you put air in the boxes. Do u put mesh/wire on the top. How then do you attach the mesh/wire???

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Post by doganddisc on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:41 am

I attach hardware cloth with zip ties and a hot glue gun.
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Post by Zia on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:49 am

I kind of stole GypsyTails's method of attaching the mesh using nuts and bolts. I actually really like the result that gives.

For the shoebox size, there is only a hole in the lid. I took and cut it with a utility knife. The plastic is generally soft enough on this type of lid all it takes is a couple scores with a good sharp blade and you can cut right through really easily. I cut almost the whole top of the lid off, leaving about a half an inch gap to leave room to put the bolts. I cut the mesh down to size, then I used an exacto knife as a drill holes for the bolts to go through.

I for the water bottle, I just snipped out a cross section between four squares of mesh. I use 1/4" mesh, so the snipping of one hole still makes a hole too small for the mice to get through. Then I just lay the bottle on top of the mesh with the drinking tube through the mesh. It works out really well, even if you do have to fill up a bottle sooner. The bottle can be removed for travel then put back on when you've arrived.

The finished size is a little smaller than an XL KK, but larger than a Medium KK. Like I said, tolerable for a temporary home. So far I haven't had any chewing on the bins, but I'd have a couple spare bases handy just in case. Then all you have to do is snap on the lid to a new base!
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Post by kawmice on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:21 am

I tie the wire on with more wire or I use a hot glue gun. Lol. Hot glue gun is easier! Lol
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Post by Lycrisa on Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:33 pm

If you make these things in any abundance, having a soldering iron is a life saver. I just had to make 30 of them, total pain in the rear but it would have been pure hell to make them without it. I use nail clippers to cut the hardware cloth. That's what I'll be using when I pick my mice up. The only problem I've noticed with the shoe box sized ones is that the water bottle is heavy and will pull the box onto it's side. So I just use the ones a little bigger than that.
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Post by onceuponamousery on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:21 am

I've used shoe box containers when we were low on cash and the waterbottles I use we just lay on top and they go through the mesh, I use oasis hard plastic, the small ones for those size cages, I love oasis, I've never had a leak or issue w them!

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Post by GypsyTails on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:48 am

I use a Dremel to make all my bins and even my own igloos out of platic bowls. I love my Dremel. Nice, clean cuts fast!

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Post by onceuponamousery on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:55 pm

I'm loooking to get a dremel, I didn't know they are good for cutting plastic! Do you use a certain attachment for that?

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Post by kawmice on Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:01 pm

I love my dremel! My step dad comendered it though. Lol
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Post by tinyhartmouseries on Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:59 pm

Flat nose snippers/plyers are a real help when working with hardware cloth.
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Post by bethmccallister on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:00 pm

I'm a Dremel lover too!!!! I can cut out thick plastic, sand down sharp edges, and drill holes for nut and bolts in no time flat!
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Post by snukb on Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:55 pm

Kritter Keeper lids have nice punch outs in the top for a water bottle. Use the tube style (not the kind with a bend in them) and slip a thick hair elastic or rubber washer around the bottle which will sit on the outside of the lid. It holds the bottle in nicely Happy then stick a TP tube in and scatter in some lab blocks and you're golden. You can also mod your bin cages this way. Just make sure the bottle is full enough that strong mouse arms can't push it out.

If you're only planning on bringing the mouse straight home you can also use a piece of juicy fruit to take the place of the food and water... when we get mice deliveries at the pet store they always have a large piece of carrot with them for food/water.
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