I just rescued a gorgeous fancy mouse from a pet store who put males and females together and didnt give all the mice proper food. I went to get my two mice a new female friend because They have a pimped out large ferret cage and have the space for a new climbing buddy! I ended up being soft hearted me and as I watched a mom try and defend her two pinkies in an empty food bowl as the male mice trampled her and fought over baby carcasses, I caved and took her. I didn't realize till the end she came with 9 other pinkies as well! I was alright with that, i set her and the babies up in a 10 gallon tank with fresh food and water, and giant igloo to nest, and a wheel, and I didn't touch the babies. From what I saw they were about 3 days old and one seemed to have a head wound and one was a peanut. Poor Hannibal (the mother, named because of her baby eating tendencies) was terrified of all humans and stressed. She is set up in my bedroom and I am keeping it at about 70 degrees for her. I have had her for about 2-3 days now and she still hates humans but she seems to have been eating much better now and she has built up the nest all abound the igloo and seems calmer then in the petstore. She did kill the one with the head wound and expel him from the nest, and the peanut seemed to have died naturally. Other then that I have not seen any dead babies when I have spot cleaned. I am not disturbing the nest and try to let her have the room to herself when I can. The problem is that when she does emerge from the nest to get a good run out or drink, she seems to be getting wider. Her sides are HUGE and I am pretty sure she is pregnant again. I am just worried about what will happen to the new/old litter if she does give birth again in 1.5 weeks? She cannot handle that many babies I am sure, and her 2 week olds will still need her as well! I have a 5 gal tank I was going to move the boys into at 4 weeks until they found homes but I was wondering if at two weeks I should try to help hand raise the older ones in that tank? I am not sure what to do to help Hannibal and her babies!
Also, should she be this big so early, I know it should take 2 weeks to have the babies, and if she was impregnated 3/4 days ago when she had her litter, she still has a little while to go but she looks almost ready to pop. Could this be milk?
I appreciate any advice possible! Thank you!!!