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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-25-2013, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

My wife and me bought three "white mice" and we did not know their gender at the time. We got two grey females and one black male. We got the possibility to separate them because we got two habitats. One is quite huge (80*60cm) and the other one is about half the size (maybe a few cm smaller). We made two wooden houses for them (will include photos at some time). The thing is, we would not like them to reproduce so we are thinking of getting another male and separate them so they would be in 2 pairs meaning females in one habitat, and males in another.

What is the best way to do that, my primary concern is that getting a new male will make the existing one hate and attack him. I forgot to mention, our mice are about 1 month old. Would it be OK to get one more male mouse and let him live with the existing one? Is there any other advice you guys could provide?

I look forward to receiving an answer to this post as soon as possible as I am afraid they might start mating.

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EDIT: I just called the pet center, they will have mice available on Friday (today is Monday) and they will be very young. I thought this info might be useful.

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First: absolutely do NOT leave males and females together for any period of time at all if you do not want them to reproduce. The male can impregnate the female faster than you might think!

Second: do not house more than one male mouse together. Males are extremely territorial and do not tolerate living with other males, even if they are siblings. They will fight to the death, given the chance.

I'd recommend you keep the two females together in one cage, and the male in his own separate cage. He will not be lonely--male mice prefer to be on their own (and need to be, unless you want tons of babies soon!).


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Yes, Breyer said it perfectly and I agree, so I guess my post will just be, "ditto what Breyer said."

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