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I found 6 baby mice in my yarn box tonight they have very little hair and they're eyes are still closed. I want to keep them alive but don't know how. My family found 4 baby rabbits that the mother had abandoned unfortunately we lost all four...don't really like mice. But, I can't bring myself to kill them. Thanks for your time and help... also don't have much monry can't spend a lot of money right now.

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Hi Samantha,

Baby mice need to be fed every couple of hours to survive, especially if their eyes are still closed.  They also need to be kept warm and need help with going to the bathroom.  Orphaned mice are very difficult to car e for, so if they are still with you, there is no shame at all in asking for local help.  Call all of your local vets, wildlife rehabilitators, pet shops, and rodent breeders to see if they know anyone with experience with orphaned mice or someone who is able to help raise them.

Please take a couple of minutes to read this link on caring for orphaned mouse and rat pups.  The only supplies you need are an enclosure, a heating pad, kitten milk replacement, and an eye dropper.  You may also want cotton swabs to help stimulate them to go to the bathroom, rags for the bottom of the enclosure, and some people find a warmed small plush toy (like a beanie baby) can also help out.  Here are complete instructions for orphans:

http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm

Best of luck to them, and please let me know if you have any questions!
-Tam

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I can answer questions regarding mice as pets, mouse behavior, color and coat genetics, breeding techniques, and general health questions. I can help with caging and setup, nutrition, social issues, and what to do in most mouse emergencies (such as unplanned litters, injuries, fighting, etc.). I can also assist with questions pertaining to orphaned mouse pups, weaning litters, and questions of mating and birthing. I cannot answer questions about exotic or wild varieties of mice such as spiny or pygmy mice. *****FOR EMERGENCIES, anything requiring immediate medical intervention, PLEASE take your mouse to a professional veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator who works with mice as soon as possible! IMPORTANT RESOURCES: Raising Orphaned Mice: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm Orphaned Mice Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising Natasha's Your First Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share General Mouse Help: http://www.fancymice.info/ Mouse Info and Exotic Breeds: http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/species/

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I have enjoyed the companionship of mice nonstop since 2004, and spent a year caring for them in a lab where I learned a great deal about their breeding, social needs, and health. I spent a few years breeding them, specifically working with albinos, marked mice, angora mice, and satins. My education never stopped - I am learning something new every day from current and well-established research thanks to the wonderful folks at the Jackson Laboratory, as well as from my wonderful mousey friends online. I also love learning from my terrific questioners here on AllExperts - you folks keep my passion for these amazing animals alive and well!

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East Coast Mouse Association - expired, American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association - expired

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Partial University for a B.S. in Microbiology, Partial University for a 2-year degree in Veterinary Technology (RVT cert), C.E. classes in pathogens, aseptic technique, genetics, and applications

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