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(I am the 11 year old who was scared about a mouse eating her babies, just so you know who I am, and a have an update, and one more question:)

Sky, the pregnant mouse, gave birth today!!!

She has seemed so far to be a good mommy...and her companion Rain is helping with the babies too!

I know their are at least 2 little pinkies, because as I was watching, they wiggled to the door of the hidey house Mommy made her nest in.
(They are SO cute!)

Mowta is doing pretty well in his cage, too.

I am finding out that so far it is less stressful for me than I thought it would be!

Thank you for your reassurance! I will rate you later :)

Also, I was wondering how often newborn mice need to eat, just so I can check on little Sky and make sure she is with them enough.

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Hi Miriam,

That is GREAT!!!  I am so glad to hear they are doing well!  Newborn mice eat every couple of hours, but they may not take long at all to nurse from momma, so you might not notice it happening.  It's best to let her do her own mommy thing for the next several days.

Definitely keep me updated, and congratulations on your new babies!

-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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