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Hi Natasha,

Thanks for taking my question.  Proud colony owner of thirteen mice here, recently acquired from a breeder and other sources in the last two months.  Everyone is healthy and youthful, vigorous and developed, but absolutely nobody is breeding.  I have four bucks, each of whom has at least two does (or more!) to himself.  Problem?  Nobody is getting pregnant, at least no one has yet.  I have been taking weights regularly, and all females are the same weight as when they were acquired.  

Do you have any tips on what I can do to get the proverbial party started around here?

Thanks so much,

DJ

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Hi Daniel,

How about some soft music?

I have to say i don't know. However, the bucks are happy to have friends

I hope you are not breeding feeders..... live feeding is not only terribly cruel to the mice; also snakes are often killed by mice. They may go to sleep and the mouse attacks. I'm not kidding. I recommend against this.

Sorry this took so long! I was not getting  my notifications.

Good luck!

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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