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My husband brought home three infant roughly three day old field mice whose mother was killed where he worked.   I have raised them to four weeks old but never wanted to take on the responsibility of taking care of them the rest of their lives.   Now I read that they cannot be released because they cannot fend for themselves.  What can I do?    If someone does keep them as pets will they be happy since they are wild field mice?

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Dear Susan,

No they will not survive in the wild, and yes they will make wonderful pets and be very happy. You will need to rehome them. However, they are very bonded to you. It is a pity you don't want them.

Separate boys from girls this week. Fancy mice can mate at six weeks, so let's be careful and say these guys might even be able to mate at five weeks, since I do not know.

Good luck to the little pups :)

Squeaks,

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

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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.

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

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

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