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QUESTION: hi, when does a pregnant mouse start to get big? thanks

ANSWER: Dear Hadley,

It depends on how many babies she is going to have. A mouse with one pup inside might never even show. A mouse with 16 pups is going to show during her second week.

squeaks n giggles,

Natasha

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QUESTION: hi again,
my earlier question was related to the fact that I'm breeding my mice and don't say that u shouldn't breed your mice without experience cause I've bred them many times before, i also breed them for pets not for snake food. I'm attempting to breed splash with rosy, I'm not sure if rosy is pregnant she isn't big they've been together for a few days,she hasn't shown signs of pregnancy does this mean she won't breed with splash?splash is having no problems in fact he tried to mate with a bunch of my other females but rosy chased the females away so i took them out of the tank of course i wasn't surprised by that because she hadn't met them before, this is both mouse's first time being bred. should i breed splash with another female? or could she be pregnant?

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Hi Hadley,

If they have only been together for a few days, you will not be able to see anything.

After only three days they may not even have mated.

As I said, a full litter might show during the second week. Nothing shows in the first week.

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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