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post #17 of (permalink) Old 09-07-2010, 10:26 AM
breyer08
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The problem is that you never know WHEN it will become an issue, but it is almost 100% certain that it will, at some time, become a major problem. As everyone here has stated, male mice are not meant to be kept together, even if they are brothers and have up until now lived fine with each other. The fact is that males will turn on each other in a split second, and you never know when it will happen. But, what is certain is that when it does happen--which it will at some point--at least one of the mice will be severely injured and/or die.

Mice are not like rats in the sense that they do not need to be kept in groups. Males are extremely dominant and aggressive, particularly as they age and their hormones kick in. This is when they begin to fight with even their own litter mates, regardless of how well they have lived together prior to that point.

At this point you just have to ask yourself if it is worth it to continue to house these mice together, knowing that at some point they will most likely kill each other? If you have an extra cage, why not take the precautionary measures now? And also, please tell your friend to do the same thing. All of us here on the forum would not be advising you to separate these mice if we didn't have personal experience with the traumatic effects of keeping them together. Your mice don't have to be next--just separate them and it will be better for both of them.


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