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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-17-2008, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Adopted 5 small field mice

Please help me caring for my 5 small field mice. Their mom was poisoned at a friend's house and he brought them to me. They survived 2 days now and I think I will be able to pull them through! I need to know when can I feed them solids. Their eyes are open and they have teeny weeny teeth but still suckle on the seringe when I feed them milk, which is a very very slowly process and I feed every one twice because they scream for their milk. They are full covered with hair but is very unstable on their feet so I have no idea how old they are. If anyone has any experience with baby mice, please let me know. I would like to set them free once they are eating by themselves.

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You can start giving them bread soaked in milk or kitten replacement milk.It sounds like they may be 3-4 weeks,but I am not sure without pics.They will probably start eating solids soon.




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I am definately no expert, but I have just been looking after 5 babies who were just under 3 weeks when cat got the mum, I syringed kitten milk (like these guys told me too ) After about 3 days of doing this I just sorta out of curiosity put some mouse mix from the pet store (seeds and nuts etc) in the cage - and they just started eating it, I also found that they were hard to handle and just putting in a bottle or small dish of milk aswell as water was fine and they are doing great - so If you wanted to you could try just putting food in with them and see if they eat it - I guess if they dont you'll have to keep handfeeding.

But like I said this was my first experience with baby mice but it all worked out
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whewn you wean it needs to be slow. Some mice have problems if they are not weaned on to one food to another slowly It's good to give them a milkbone brand milk bone a day for extra protein unti they are weaned. this would a gereat time to put a water bottle in the cage, it's not a good idea to use a water bowl as the mice can drown


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-20-2008, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello

Thanks for all the advice, unfortuanetly all 5 mice died in the last 5 days and it was very very sad. I tried everything and fed them on the hour, but they just stopped drinking. I even tried glucose powder mixed with milk to give them a little boost but no luck. I think they might have gotten some poison from drinking from the mum before she died, they just got weaker and weaker by the day.
RIP little ones ;-(
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