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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-01-2009, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do some mother mice abandon babies?

Our mouse had babies last night - I havent checked how many cos I didnt want to disturb her. Im just wondering how much time they are supposed to spend in the nest? everytime I check on her she isnt in with her babies? She is asleep somewhere else, eating or running in her wheel.

Has she abandoned her babies or is it normal to spend alot of time outside the nest?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-01-2009, 11:39 PM
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When they are born they are mainly in the nest until their eyes open or if they get their legs early and wiggly out of the nest haha.

Mice can abandon babies along with cannibalizing them.

It might be she did abandon them, if she did right after birth they dont have a chance and I dont suggest you try to save them.
Youll end up prolonging death for them.
But then again, some of my mothers will seem like they arent caring for the young but they are. Only time will tell.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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How long should I wait before I do something?- I still havent seen momma mouse in the nest at all today??

And what do i do? I have handraised baby mice before when the cat got the momma but the babies had fur on them, these have just been born.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 08:21 AM
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Take the wheel out.
The wheel can be distracting for new mothers.
When I used to breed,I would remove wheels.I had some mothers that were so obsessed with the wheel,that they would neglect their young.

Take the wheel out and see if that works.
Also the mother mouse could be caring for the babies during the night or when you are not watching her.

Check if the babies have milk bands...if they do,they are being fed.Milk bands are a white spot on their bellies,which is the milk.If they are being fed,you should be able to see the milk bands.

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