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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-12-2008, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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pinkys keep dieing on me!

hey I got a question. I have a breeding cage set up with 1 male and 3 females. The cage stays spotless they are very well fed and watered, but everytime one of the females gives birth, all the babies die within the first day. What do y'all think the problem could be? I used to breed lots of mice and had a very successful rack system set up. This is my first time breeding mice within a few years but I have nothing but bad luck this time.
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out of curiosity, what are you breeding them for?
how large of a cage is this..pics? also, is it near the window are ac?
do the females have little houses they can retreat to? Whats the quality of mice? regualr feeders?


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right now the mice are in a 20 gallon long, they are in a spare bedroom of my house so it is a very low traffic area. They Are very active and healthy looking. They are the same kind of white mouse that are sold in pet stores as feeder mice. I'm attempting to start another small colony for my copperheads and corn snakes. They have one of those small plastic igloos for a hide spot. I'd appreciate any advice I can get
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While I have no problems for breeding feeder mice,as I am a snake lover too...your not going to get many positive replies (if any).This is a PET board.Your best bet is to check out a herp forum.


They probably have bad genes if ALL the babies are dying.There is definatly something wrong with your breeders.What are you feeding them?




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and I forgot to add my house stays about 75 degrees
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I feed my breeder mice rodent pellets I get from farmway ltd and sometimes pig breeder pellets. They are very good nutrition for mice
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Is the male maybe killing the babies or stressing out the mothers? You could try separating females before they give birth to a smaller nursing tank. I'm not sure if you have room for that, though.




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you definitely want to separate your male from your females once they are preggo. they can reproduce hours after giving birth and that is horrible for your momma mice, along as for the babies in the next litter and worse for those in the NEXT litter

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