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Hello, my mouse was pregnant for about 1.5 weeks, then her belly started to shrink up again what happened to my little mouslets? im very worried taht if she gets pregnant again it will happen again,and i dont een know what happened?:S:S im so confused. help me:(
 

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Either she went thru a false pregnancy or had a miscarriage.Or she could of just been fat.
 

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If it happens again I woulnt try it a third time
 

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she may not be a good mother naturally. Do you know her genetic background or history? Mice are usually great mothers. Sometimes it just takes a few times to get the mommy thing down though. If you were positive she was pregger then she prob. consumed the litter. Thats in normal though esp. for first time moms. How old is she?
 

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she was born in early november, but she wasnt a first time mom, she ahd 3 litters before this.And i know for a fact that she didnt eat them because her belly went away gradually, somebody told me this morning that she may have lost the babies and they could have absorbed into her body..can that be true?
 

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yes, I had a guineapig who used to absorb her litters, constantly. Its a stress thing
 

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mice lose their pregger fat slowly.thats why it gradually went away. babies just dont dissapear. If shes had three litters and was born in nov. then she was too young for at least the 1st 2 litters which could've caused her to die. Why would you be tring to breed an animal so young?
 

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This was my first time breeding her, i just got her and three other mice from a man that was breeding them constantly to feed his snake and they were about to be killed and fed to a snake before i took them in.
 

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hmm. ok. Well if she hasn't had any luck with the first few litters I wouldn't breed her again. theres a chances she may not have good genes. and feeder mice shouldn't be bred ig we don't know the genetic history. The reason for that is because that from inbreeding or just breeding a mouse that has a few allergies disease etc. can only help make thedisorders more dominant in offspring. if you truly want to breed you can find a reputable breeder in your area and after enough research and such you can be a great breeder that is here to help ou tin the better nautre ofthe animal. I know most poielpe have no clue that there is potential harm in breeding feeder mice. I hope I didn't sound to mean but this wa the only way I can explain it.
 

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I completely agree with Mousey, I think it's a very bad idea to breed her. I mean you really don't know what she could have been through before you got her. You never know if she will even survive yet another pregnancy especially when she was way too young the first times. So if you truly love her why not just give her a break let her live out her life happy and comfortable and pregnancy free?
 

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Well, I removed her from the cage with the male in it 3 weeks ago and gave her her own cage. To my suprise she had already gotten pregnant again and i noticed this a week ago. Thankfull she gave birth to 4 beautiful little babies this morning! :) even though this pregnancy worked out i dont think i am going to breed her again. Even though she has a very good temperment and will pass that trait to her pups I think it would be best if i retired her. this pregnancy was COMPLETELY accidental and it is the one that worked out. Its funnny how things work out in life.lol. ill keep everybody updated!
 

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yay mouseys!! i'm glad she made it through being prego, but you're right it's best if she retires. see how her babies grow up, you can always try with one of those, but she needs to retire for sure. glad she made it through okay. can't wait for baby pics!
 

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Oh my well best of luck with the new babies. I hope they are all healthy. Can't wait to see pics! I'm glad your making the mature deciscion to retire her, I'm sure she will be happy about it LOL!
 

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Lol. Yea she will be. She is doing such a great job as a mom. She gave birth to one still born and she wouldnt eat it(my other mice do eat still borns) she kept pulling it in close to her to keep it warm. I removed it from the cage and she was looking for it all day. i hope i didnt stress her out to much! The other four of them seem very healthy. They are accually geting big for their age. I will post pictures when i feel i can disturb her nest witout stressing her out to much!:)
 

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Jessica and I have had some lengthy conversations about breeding ethics and I think she is still a bit confused on the whole topic. This Jessica is exactly my point if you recued this mouse she should have never been bred. Like I said you have no idea what she has already been through and just because the person said they bred her three times (which is already alot) that sould have very well been a lie. Do you even know how old she is? I am assuming you have no pedigree info on her and therefore have no clue whether or not she has a good genetic bloodline. I really think you should choose whether you want to be a rescuer or a breeder. If you choose to be a breeder, then you need to do some research and start off with healthy PEDIGREE animals. If you want to be a rescuer I think that is wonederful, but you can't also perpetuate the homeless, badly bred rodent (or any animal) problem. Also I noticed you had another thread where you said because of needing to spend excessive amounts of money on ER vet visits you can now not even afford an aquarium for an escaping mouse. So I'm, wondering why would you choose to breed in a time of such financial strain? What would have you done if she had needed an emergency vet visit due to labor complications? What are you going to do if something goes wrong with her or the babies and they nee to be seen? I am truly not trying to be rude but I must be realistic, please worry about the aniamls you already have before bringing more animals into this worl that you cannot care for. I have seen this happen many times before. People mean well but end up getting in over there head. Then those precious lives you were trying to save end up euthed at a local shelter where you have been forced to dump them because you can no longer care for them. Bottom line is if you truly love these aniamls then become art of the solution NOT the problem!
 

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Jessica and I have had some lengthy conversations about breeding ethics and I think she is still a bit confused on the whole topic. This Jessica is exactly my point if you recued this mouse she should have never been bred. Like I said you have no idea what she has already been through and just because the person said they bred her three times (which is already alot) that sould have very well been a lie. Do you even know how old she is? I am assuming you have no pedigree info on her and therefore have no clue whether or not she has a good genetic bloodline. I really think you should choose whether you want to be a rescuer or a breeder. If you choose to be a breeder, then you need to do some research and start off with healthy PEDIGREE animals. If you want to be a rescuer I think that is wonederful, but you can't also perpetuate the homeless, badly bred rodent (or any animal) problem. Also I noticed you had another thread where you said because of needing to spend excessive amounts of money on ER vet visits you can now not even afford an aquarium for an escaping mouse. So I'm, wondering why would you choose to breed in a time of such financial strain? What would have you done if she had needed an emergency vet visit due to labor complications? What are you going to do if something goes wrong with her or the babies and they nee to be seen? I am truly not trying to be rude but I must be realistic, please worry about the aniamls you already have before bringing more animals into this worl that you cannot care for. I have seen this happen many times before. People mean well but end up getting in over there head. Then those precious lives you were trying to save end up euthed at a local shelter where you have been forced to dump them because you can no longer care for them. Bottom line is if you truly love these aniamls then become art of the solution NOT the problem!
very good post i agree with everything you have said
 

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Okay here i go again. Im sorry if i get a little over defensive in what im about to say but, I breed my animals for temperment and genetic backround. I am a responsible breeder. My animals will go to homes were i will be checking up on them until their very last breath. If the owner of one of the animals i have rescued or bred and found a home for decides they are unable to care for the animal anymore they HAVE to give the animal back to me! Its in the contract. I know that my animals are going to great homes and if it doesnt work out with that particular home i get to choose where the next homes will be. The Animals that i rescue are animals that were "Accidents" . They were conceived because somebody didnt spay their animal and also didnt intend on breeding it Therefore when it came into heat it became pregnant by getting out of someones back yard or they left males and female in the cage together and didnt ccare. When the babies are born the owner of the female animal gives the Babies away to home and dont care if it is a good home or not. I end up having to take the animal because of neglect or they just didnt want it anymore. Or another "responsible" breeder that do in fact breed purebreds, Sell the dogs off just for the sake of it and to get a bit of extra cash. That is why most of my animals end up with me. At least when im breeding animals i CAREFULLY choose whcih animals i am breedign and every breeding animal i have has a genetic backround that is great and they have good traits that they will pass on to their babies. DONT tell me that i am adding to the problem, i am breeding to make the species better. Weather its dogs or mice or rats. Their is ALWAYS room for improvment.
 

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And the rescued mouse i have. I do have her genetic backround now. The man i got her from Got her from a breeder in my area, he knows what hes doing SHe has a GREAT backround. The man i got her from lied about everything to get her. I think that the man i got her from For lack of a better word "ruined" her but breeding her so early.
 
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