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Post by lunalady on Sat May 26, 2012 9:01 pm

I have babies!!! My Doe is a cream with pink eyes, Buck is a Black with some white. She had 14 babies on Tuesday. I culled (yuck) a few on Wednesday then the last culling was today. I kept 6. Two of which are black with white. I am very happy.

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Post by doganddisc on Sun May 27, 2012 1:25 am

Six still sounds like a lot for one doe (wow, down from 14!) but if she's handling it good for her Happy I had six nursing (three boys and three girls) but ended up culling two more bucks because the girls were looking so thin. It really makes such a huge difference- the girls are catching up now!
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Post by kawmice on Sun May 27, 2012 3:33 am

6 is fine for a doe as long as the doe is healthy and the babies are getting enough milk. I would not worry. Remember that every doe is different. Lol

Congrats on the new litter ! Can't wait to see pics!

14 is a lot for a litter. I had one line of mice that generation after generation had 21 pups every time!! This was before I culled (I was once against it, but had an open mind ). Lol the does did just fine. Now- I would never let a doe keep that many now! I cull to 4 or 6, sometimes less depending.
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Post by lunalady on Sun May 27, 2012 9:44 am

I am keeping an eye on things. If I feel 6 is a problems with her, I will cull again. But with 8 all babies were fine. I just felt 6 would be even better. I will keep all posted.

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Post by lunalady on Mon May 28, 2012 8:44 pm

Update, The 6 babies are big huge chunky monkeys. They are sooo fat. I am very happy how mom is with the babies. I have no idea how many girls, boys. I got 2 that look like dad and it did not matter to me if they were girls or boys. Mom is a very big mouse with giant ears. Dad is small with good ear size. His colors are great. I may have some for adoption. Let me know if anyone is interested.

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Post by Love2read on Mon May 28, 2012 9:20 pm

Awww....no pics?!

BTW, I'm not sure if anyone has told you this yet, but I would suggest a 30-day quarantine for new mice. It's best not to breed them until after QT is over, just in case they have something. It's really hard on new moms to be sick and have to deal with raising babies as well. :/

I made the same mistake when I got my first mice from a breeder and I'm sure others here have done the same thing as well. Wink Thankfully, we have an awesome online mouse community full of people who are ready and willing to help guide us newbies and let us know when we mess up! Big smile
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Post by Laigaie on Mon May 28, 2012 10:38 pm

Some folks look at QT the other way: that the mice might die due to NSS (new shed syndrome) no matter what you do, so you might as well try to get some babies out of them as soon as you can. This is part of the advice given about imported mice, since NSS is so much more of a threat.
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Post by Love2read on Mon May 28, 2012 11:08 pm

I here ya there Maggie! That's one of the reasons I broke QT with my Red buck. He's up in our room on a completely different floor from my other mice, so they're still on QT from HIM, but I ended up breaking down and putting a couple girls with him because I have had such awful luck with my mice these past few months was freaking out at the idea of losing him and not having a single beautiful baby to carry on his line!

However, when I get mice from other breeders here in the US I always try and do a full QT now to ensure that there's nothing wrong with them and that nothing is floating around in my mousery that might get them sick as well. I can't deny that I've broken the golden rule a couple times in the past, lol, but I do TRY to stick to it. tongue
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Post by doganddisc on Mon May 28, 2012 11:19 pm

I did the same thing Lunalady did- bred immediately after RF. We broke QT all the way home as it was (and the RF mice were the only mice I had at the time, aside from two that I did not put with them for over a month).

Since Julee and I managed to pick up 40 mice at Rodentfest, the number of cages we had didn't fit the number of mice we got from the number of people that we got them from perfectly, so we ended up splitting the cages and putting does together, bucks separate, etc. I haven't had any issues other than the one head tilt girl (who still has head tilt, BTW Sad ).

The first two pairs I put together were from the same breeder though.

I definitely agree that it's a good idea to stick to quarantine, especially with pet store and mice from unknown origins. I would much rather treat a doe and then have her nurse a litter than have her nurse while she's sick. I just don't practice what I preach Eye roll

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Post by tinyhartmouseries on Mon May 28, 2012 11:44 pm

I stick to quarantine but only per event, or pickup. No matter where the mice have come from, if they have to go home in the same car they may as well be QT'ed together.

Yay Lunalady! I am very excited for you!
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Post by kawmice on Mon May 28, 2012 11:47 pm

Lol- my UK girls are on strict QT, but I may bring one buck to them next week. Unsure still. My RF mice were exposed to my few current mice when I brought them to RF for the show. So all have been QTed together, with the exception of one who stayed home during RF. I made my first pairing just two days ago. Lol

Robin- I would take one but I don't think they would be ready by the time I come your way next month. Lol when were they born?
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Post by kawmice on Mon May 28, 2012 11:49 pm

I follow the same QT policy as Emma- per event or pickup.
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Post by lunalady on Tue May 29, 2012 7:09 am

Well, thanks for that input. I know now. Surprised

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Post by lunalady on Tue May 29, 2012 7:11 am

Christine as of today, the babies are 2 weeks old. They will be close to 4 weeks when you come. Maybe, just maybe it will work.

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Post by kawmice on Tue May 29, 2012 9:54 am

Oh cool! Could use a buck. Happy
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Post by lunalady on Tue May 29, 2012 11:52 am

Sure You got it. Oh course you know my standard price for friends; One Million Dollars and some food of course. Laughing

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Post by lunalady on Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:31 pm

Well, can u believe it all the babies are buck!!!!! I know I culled bucks. I can't believe there is not a doe in the bunch. They are looking fat and great!!!! I keep hoping to see nipples, but none. Sad I do not know how to post photos. I would if someone wants to explain how.

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Post by tinyhartmouseries on Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:47 pm

Oh, crud. Sometimes this just happens. If you want to cull down to two or three, or a manable number of bucks, that is ok and mom will not suffer.
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Post by kawmice on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:52 pm

Haha! A million huh? Is that all? Well- that is just pocket change! Lol. But the food, now that is asking a bit much. Haha! Lol.
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Post by lunalady on Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:41 pm

Guess your in luck Kamice, I am having a 2 for 1 sale. You get 2 bucks. Mom has great looks. Big ears long thick tail, hope they all atleast look like mom. Happy Nah, I am not going to cull any further. 2xs was plenty for me. Anyone needing a fuzzy buck????

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Post by kawmice on Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:29 am

Hahaha! 2 for 1 huh? lol

sorry you got all bucks. I have had this happen as well.
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