My ferrets, Artemis and Apollo, have been raw fed for some time now, and I've always entertained the idea of raising mice for them to eat. It seems more healthy and humane all around, so recently I've decided to start. I've named all of them after pasta stuff. Here's a quick rundown:
I originally bought 2 females and 2 males, but one sold as female turned out to be male. They were Al-dente (white female) Tartufuta (black/white male) Alfredo (white male) Noci (brown male). Noci didn't seem to be thriving and was quickly culled. Al-dente was mated with Tartufuta (tart for short). She's due soon!
But I noticed a bit of blood on her hind end and I'm worried. I don't think she's in labor. I ran the risk of changing out her bedding (it needed changed) and sanitizing her cage. Hopefully I've made the right choice. But she seems fairly alert, so I'm hopeful.
Today I got two new females, the spaghetti sisters, since I can't tell them apart! Both brown. I was going to mate them with Alfredo, but unfortunately, despite proper introductory methods, he was very aggressive to them, and wouldn't let up! So he was culled by Artemis and I've paired them with Tart. This means that I'll be getting a new male soon to make sure my genetic pool is good.
I've made them their own food consisting of rolled oats, bulgar, pumpkin seed, kitten kibble, yeast (the edible kind), black quinoa, and (for the pregnant and nursing females) small amounts of scrambled egg. They also get small amounts of mouse safe treats, like carrot, banana, etc, but that's probably once a week IF that.
Here's hoping Al-Dente is ok, and everything goes well!