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Old 26-05-2016, 11:56 AM
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Default My small scale mouse breeding set up

At the minute I have 1 adult male and 2 adult females, 4 hopper mice about 4 weeks old and a 2 week old litter of 11. This set up keeps a nice steady supply for my AK. Boxes put on top of each other just for pictures.

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Old 26-05-2016, 12:06 PM
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Hi Matty, I'm thinking of doing something similar myself, the price of mice at the moment is ridiculous. Atb. John
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Old 26-05-2016, 12:19 PM
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Hi Matty, I'm thinking of doing something similar myself, the price of mice at the moment is ridiculous. Atb. John
I wish I'd of done it years ago john. Mice are fantastic food for our birds. They are easy to breed but the males stink! They give off a very strong smell. I clean mine out 3 times a week but if I have a female with young I only clean the side away from the nest so as not to disturb them too much. I only keep an adult male and female together for 1 week then separate them. By that time she pregnant.

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Old 26-05-2016, 01:11 PM
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Default Re: My small scale mouse breeding set up

I was considering something similar to feed my gos.
I also heard that quail are fairly easy.
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Old 26-05-2016, 01:46 PM
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I was considering something similar to feed my gos.
I also heard that quail are fairly easy.
From what I've read about breeding quail it's hard to get them to incubate their own eggs so it's best to have an incubator.

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Old 26-05-2016, 02:03 PM
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At the minute I have 1 adult male and 2 adult females, 4 hopper mice about 4 weeks old and a 2 week old litter of 11. This set up keeps a nice steady supply for my AK. Boxes put on top of each other just for pictures.

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Ha Matty, your cruel you, what do the kids and Rena think about your set up
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Old 26-05-2016, 03:09 PM
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Ha Matty, your cruel you, what do the kids and Rena think about your set up
The kids don't know it but some of the mice will be turned in to burgers for them. I am sure they won't taste the difference😋
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Old 27-05-2016, 06:40 AM
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Matt if the smell is a problem switch to Multimammates they are a bit larger have bigger litters and no smell.
They aren't any different to keep than mice.
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Old 27-05-2016, 07:40 AM
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Matt if the smell is a problem switch to Multimammates they are a bit larger have bigger litters and no smell.
They aren't any different to keep than mice.
Are they the white ones that laboratories breed? I've heard the litters can be up to 25 with them. In the house we are used to the smell but I do feel having to explain myself when anyone comes round and goes near the room under the stairs where I keep them.
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Old 27-05-2016, 07:45 AM
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Are they the white ones that laboratories breed? I've heard the litters can be up to 25 with them. In the house we are used to the smell but I do feel having to explain myself when anyone comes round and goes near the room under the stairs where I keep them.
No they are an African species.

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