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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2005, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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What the??? Odd Mouse Behaviour

Okay, I have been watching for the last 45 minutes some behaviour from my mother mouse that is somewhat...disturbing.

The litter she had (Jan. 5 so they are 3 weeks, 3 days) has 3 boys in it. Over the last 45 minutes, she has been targeting only the boys and ... well...bluntly....humping them.

What the ??? What gives? Surely this *isn't* normal???

Help? Suggestions??

And...while we're on the subject - how soon should I segregate the 3 boys from the rest of them? Is the weaning done pretty much all at once?

Flabbergasted and confounded,
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2005, 12:28 PM
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theyre old enough to be separated now..... i have never heard of the mother humping her babies... i do know that all 9 of my male mice hump eachother its kind of odd....
r u sure she was actually humping them?

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forgot to say that im gonna separate my mice later today this'll be interesting since theres only 3 girls out of 10 mice
8 of the mice go to mary on spring vacation so theyre gonna b with me for a while


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dominance thing. my females hump each other all the time

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Besides dominance, the mom could be in heat... Females in heat havethat kinda odd behavior.

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Oh dear. If the mother is in heat - are the 3 boys old enough to productively mate with her? The dominance thing I can totally see - she is very dominant over the entire cage...

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Well, I've seperated my boys from the rest of the lot. They seem to be doing fine, although I'm too much of a worry-wart. The mother, while it is very obvious she's the Alpha in the bunch, MUST be in heat, because a little while ago while watching them (I love to just sit and watch them) she was doing the exact same thing to a couple of the little girls. It is still just too weird. At any rate, hopefully "nothing" has happened with her, or any of the other girls - I just can't bear to have another set (or more) of babies - it is going to be hard enough giving the ones up that I will be ... !!

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sooooo sooooo true
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