Dremel with cutting wheel (for cutting the plastic) Tin snips or Skil Power Cutter (awesome tool for hardware mesh) Drill (for making holes for the hardware mesh and zipties) J-clips and J-clip crimpers for making food hoppers
Mine are all in the house because our winters are to cold and summers to hot. They need a specific temp for raising babies. Wrong temps and your production will decrease. Temps also apparently affect the ratio of male to female babies.
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2015 21:38:46 GMT -5 by bitbyter
Ok so I finished my first bin and when I went to put my mother to bed that night I borrowed my dads dremel. Ill use that for the next 3 I have to revamp. I also sent an email to someone in my are that supposedly sells asfs per metal monkey a couple of days ago but have not heard anything back so maybe nothing still. Here are the pics of my first bin and the mice, Cream sickle and chubs (chubs is the only male in the tank) Goldie They are in a 15 gallon tank. I haven't decided if I am going to put them in a bin or not. The fancy mice are much less messy the regular ones or so I think. The bin Spot and Pinky both females Xenu is the male And the brain another female
You are off to a great start. I really planned on feeding live prey, then realized that not only would I name them, but I'd have them in pajamas and read them night night stories while they munched on cookies.
I've named all of mine. LOL. I'm not worried about getting attached to my breeders. They will around for a while. The babies though will be hard not to get attached too but I will do what I must for furbutts.
I named all of my breeders, I don't know if I'll name the babes or not though. I did end up upgrading the satin mice to a larger bin from the 15 gallon tank and it seems I did it just in time too! Creamsickle had her first litter with last night or this morning!
They had tubes and one of those balls people let them run around in the house in the cage and I had to take them out, when I took the picture all of the grown ups were in the tube instead of keeping the babies warm. When I took out the tube they went to the open ball, so when I took that out they finally went into the hides with the babies. I think there are 9-10 babes there but I didn't move around any of the bedding so I'm not sure. Seems like a large amount for a first time mother. I'm hoping she will be a good mother now that there is no other place to go!
abbeytheferret6 I did get the not satin mice at petco yes. The satiny ones I got from the pet store that is very close to me and they were not kept separate so I'm not sure if Creamsickle was already pregnant or not but since I've only had them for 15 days changes are she was.
I'm not really having any issues with the food bowls. They toss some bedding on top of it and that's about it. I put their Mazzuri blocks in the bowl and scatter some seeds around the cage also some dog treats a couple of times a week.
I may have just messed up * I noticed a couple of days ago that Goldie looked pregnant and thought i had another week before she would give birth. I should have cleaned the bins yesterday but I took my son school shopping instead and decided to do it today, figuring i still had a couple of more days. I apparently did not have another few days. I had already removed all adult mice before i realized there are 9 one week olds and 8 pinkys. I cleaned as quickly as I could and put everyone back and included some of the old bedding but I'm a bit worried I just lost the pinkys for sure and possibly the older litter as well. Any suggestions? I'm already figuring on not touching the bin again for a couple of days.
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2015 13:39:09 GMT -5 by FireAngel
FireAngel unfortunately you just have to accept that sometimes even if you do everything right, some will be cannibalized. It is pretty common, especially for new mom's. Good food, hides, a calm environment and you can still lose a few. As long as you don't have a mother doing it repeatedly and killing large numbers I just consider it part of nature.