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Hi me and my fiance found two baby mice yesterday at a friends house and the lived through the first night. i fed them about every hour or two. I was wondering sine i can't buy any thing expensive if baby formula is OK to use and does it have to be soy or lactose free. Also they have hair all over they don't look like newborns but still very little. They seem to be happy and energetic.

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Dear Leah,

The mice need kitten milk replacement or puppy milk replacement. People have used soy milk but it isn't recommended. Nothing from cows.

They must be fed a minimum of every two hours absolutely around the clock.

Please watch the videos at the addies listed in my profile (I'm on an iPad and can't copy the link here). I have learned much from them, so it makes sense for me to just send you there. There is also actually a do it yourself formula which has household ingredients (except I think it may contain goat's milk?). The recipe is in one of the videos.

Best of luck and health to the babies. Bless you for saving them.

Squeaks n giggles,

Natasha  

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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

Experience

I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

Organizations
I run Rats and Mice are Awesome on Facebook. The official name is Rats are Awesome.

Education/Credentials
B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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