Today I culled the cream/white female. (The one who abandoned her babies)
I noticed she was looking quite sickly the last couple of days and she was becoming unusually agressive with my other female (blue) who today she lashed out on. I went to pick up blue and stopped after blood came on my fingers. Luckily it wasn't serious and I managed to stop her bleeding. Anyway I moved the cream/white female from the tub and she bit me. It wasn't enough to cause bleeding, however it was definitely not a nip.
I feel a little tinge of sadness because I had the slightest hope that I wouldn't ever have to come to the decision on culling females that breed for me but I honestly think it was for the best especially with this particular mouse.
These guys are now 3 weeks. I've noticed some are trying the adult food, so they're starting to wean now. They should be ready for separation by gender in a week or so. I actually have it marked on my calendar for the 1st.
Out of all babies, I've only had one bite me(the pretty marked one who I don't intend on keeping anyway )
Oh and the third litter are growing quite nicely. They're currently 12 days old.
She still hasn't had her litter yet. She's massive! Its currently new years eve, if she doesn't have them tonight (which would be last litter for the year) she will no doubt be my first litter for the new year.
Decided it was best to cull Blue. It kind of sucked that I had to come to this decision. She was a favourite when it came to personality but she simply wasn't producing. She was in with the male and another female for over 2 months and still nothing.
Anyway, my roommate was upset about it but I warned her not to become attached. I'm bummed that I did it, but what's done is done. Hopefully her next life is more rewarding.
Now that my two first litters are weaned, the females can now breed again. I'm keen to see how is their next litters turn out.: )
I'm probably going to get some rats in the next couple of weeks.
Today I culled 2 x 5-6week old males. I also culled the little silver. He wasn't growing all too well, which kind of made sense to me since his mother did look sickly(hence why she was culled). Maybe bad genes. He was 4weeks.
Oh! I forgot to share this video. It's a Cervical Dislocation video of when I did some weaners and fuzzies. This particular weaner didn't have that much reflexes after the CD. The one's with the fuzzies are really freaky. I might share those as well. Anyway, This was done a while ago, I just never got around to uploading and remembering to share it. I was planning on recording some done on the adult mice, But forgot. Maybe next time.
I used one of those small metal knitting needles by the way. I found it was easier to place and hold when it came to baby mice.
Some unfortunate news. I went to do the feeding and found all 10 (Almost 2 week old babies-But 1) dead. The mother must have killed them. I'm devastated. I wasn't having the best of luck today either. They felt fresh. A few were still warm, where as others were stiff and cold. I only found 8.5. One was half eaten. I suspect a few others were also eaten. I did find one, luckily still with it and no injuries so I moved him with my other white girl. She took him thankfully so now he has a foster mum and might luckily make it. It really really sucks. Not only were they my largest litter, I also had some really gorgeous little ones in that lot as well. Two had interesting coats, one in particular had half a face of white and half of black. Another had a blaze. Now all are dead. Not sure what to do with the mother. I'm just going to go back to sleep and deal with this with a clear mind tomorrow.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2016 10:48:14 GMT -5 by Deleted
Were they scattered all over the tub? If so that means the mum purposely scattered them and they died of exposure and no food. She either won't make a good mum or she feels the environment isn't safe / to stressful for some reason. I'd give her another chance personally and then go from there. I found mice really flaky when it came to wheather they culled their babies or not.
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2016 19:05:53 GMT -5 by bitbyter
Were they scattered all over the tub? If so that means the mum purposely scattered them and they died of exposure and no food. She either won't make a good mum or she feels the environment isn't safe / to stressful for some reason. I'd give her another chance personally and then go from there. I found mice really flaky when it came to where they culled their babies or not.
I'm going to give her a bit of a break for a while before I give her a second chance for another litter. She did produce the largest litter so far and was doing a really good job up until today. The break will probably do her some good. The babies were scattered, not all over the place, but strangely across the other end of the tub. Most were obviously purposely killed since they had marks, or had blood. Today was cleaning day, so I'm thinking I must have done something that stressed her out. I did forget to put the hide back in, so It wasn't put in (for about 2 hours) until this afternoon, but they were alive then. I leave her be for the rest of the day, come back to feed her and they were dead.