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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2018 7:07pm (Oct 1st 2018)
     
    Ha I wondered a similar thing to CC's comment. When my Granny was breeding rabbits we were not allowed to handle them to begin with in case the Momma rabbit ate them. Its amazing how many babies the Micers have and how fast they grow. The new boys look lovely and seem to be very tame. So glad you found some and managed to fetch them home together xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2018 5:45pm (Oct 3rd 2018)
     
    THose boys are amazing! Is the Texel (was it Murph?) older, or is it just his fur that makes him look that way?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2018 12:06am (Oct 4th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    NN & CC, mice aren't like a lot of rodents & you can handle babies from a few days old with no worries about mum culling them. If your mice trust you, you can handle them almost immediately. I handle my babies when they're 12-24 hours old, which allows me to check for milk bands. With Moana I knew she'd have no issue with me handling her babies immediately, so as soon as I saw her without her pregnant belly I checked both litters in the nest :smile:

    Kate, it's just his fur!! Kinda hard to get decent photos because they're not on the same scale as mine in terms of confidence, but he has curly whiskers too! :bigsmile:

    Here are some decent pics of the newbies I managed to get, & the last photo is Dumbo (one of my biggest mice) to show the size difference.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2018 12:09am (Oct 4th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And the two new litters are doing great :heart: The older litter's patterns are just starting to come through :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2018 8:39pm (Oct 5th 2018)
     
    Glad to see they're so handleable too - their previous owner must've been overjoyed that you took them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2018 1:07am (Oct 7th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're calming down a decent amount now too, Murf especially was sweet tonight. I'll still only be pairing them up with my most confident females though, so hopefully the bombproof-ness of my mice will cancel out their slightly less confident temperament, but it'll be great to get their size & hopefully colours in my lines!! :smile:

    Finally got a decent photo of Murf!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2018 1:10am (Oct 7th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And look at the little ones!! :heartsabove: The girl I was hoping to be fawn (ginger - accidentally bred fawn out & was hoping I'd got lucky with her!!) isn't fawn, but is satin! So I'm really happy with that & have some plans for her already. She looks like liquid gold!!

    And if you watch the video, I demonstrate one of my favourite things with baby mice - basically as long as you show them they are safe & secure, you can do ANYTHING with them!! You can literally flip them vertically, upside-down, & as long as they feel secure they'll just sleep :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2018 1:12am (Oct 7th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This shows how satin changes a colour too...both these babies are argente, but you can see the satin girl looks completely different, much darker! (The satin girl is in the video too :smile: )
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2018 1:05pm (Oct 7th 2018)
     
    I love the way the littluns are fully stackable...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2018 6:40pm (Oct 8th 2018)
     
    The satin fur is amazing - they're like the Claudia Winkleman of the mouse world!!!

    Murf is lovely - I'm sure its your early handling of the babies that makes them so confident. Do you keep them all or do you rehome some?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2018 7:51pm (Oct 8th 2018)
     
    I love you Claudia reference Kate, They are all fantastic Red and so precious and adorable. I love the pictures of them many thanks for sharing. I so wanted to share this with you. I emptied one of my composter bins yesterday and saw a beautiful beige wild mouse shoot out. As I was distributing the soil I found four baby mice which was a surprise as there was no nest. I scooped them up into my gloved hand and could feel the warmth of them through it. I would have loved to have gotten pictures but didn't want them to get chilled. I tucked them back into the empty composter with a bit of soft moss and am hoping the Mum will find them. The were just getting their fur but didn't struggle or panic. I am sure my Dad was turning in his grave with me letting them go, but I couldn't bring myself to dispose of them they were so beautiful. I said to G/N all the cats we got and its me that has to catch the mice ha ha
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 2:50am (Oct 9th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha omb NN :rolling: Aw I bet they're about the same age as my little ones!!

    Kate I don't sell them anymore as it was taking too much of a toll on my health. Kinda annoying as it was a part I really enjoyed (still get the odd update from mice that are over 1yo now!), but I'm enjoying it as a hobby regardless (:

    Well these girls are just growing more gorgeous everyday!! The satin, Goldie, is beautiful. I think another might be a light fawn (light ginger), crossing all my fingers & toes!! I'll know for sure in a few days.

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 2:52am (Oct 9th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And for the forest time I was able to get GOOD photos of all the boys!!!! :gasp: I've included the blurry pic of Murf just so you can see his curly whiskers, too :heartsabove:

    Also Milo in the little house - SO CUUUUUTE!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 2:54am (Oct 9th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh and Mirri my little juvenile just looks adorable here!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2018 12:03am (Oct 11th 2018)
     
    Jenson brought a tiny mouse back last night. I told him to drop it (which he did straight away!) and to my surprise it was still alive and uninjured! I scooped it up in my special cup and put it at the top of the garden so it could escape. He was desperate to get back out but I made him stay in for 10 mins and then let him out the front.
    An hour later Meow Meow was outside acting strange. He'd also brought back a mouse but the poor thing was dead, so for all my joy at saving one, there was nothing I could do about the other. I'm pretty sure they were 2 different mice though.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2018 5:04pm (Oct 11th 2018)
     
    Cats are horrible sometimes, aren't they? I saw Tuppence tormenting something in the back garden the other morning so I got out of my cosy bed, put on my slippers and dressing gown and went out in the cold, shooed Tuppence away and bravely and singlehandedly rescued...the leaf.:blushing:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2018 11:41pm (Oct 11th 2018)
     
    That's so funny CC I just hope the leaf appreciated it. The wild mice will be looking for warm winter quarters at the moment Kate. I put some chopped sultanas and raisins from the wine Im making in the second composter yesterday. I just hope momma mouse doesn't get drunk eating them.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2018 5:48pm (Oct 12th 2018)
     
    Yes, they seem to be easy pickings for the cats at the moment.

    So funny CC - I'm sure cats do it deliberately. Did Tuppence beat you back to the warm bed?!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2018 10:54pm (Oct 14th 2018)
     
    All of your mice are just beautiful, Red!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2018 5:28pm (Oct 16th 2018)
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Kateb</cite> Did Tuppence beat you back to the warm bed?!</blockquote>

    Come on, Kate, how many cats have you had> Of COURSE she did! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2018 7:48pm (Oct 16th 2018)
     
    I'm sure they plan it out to make sure they get the best places. Mine double-team me. One will paw at the door so that I get up and let them out. When I turn around another is sitting in my warm spot on the sofa. I'm going to start stealing their cat beds!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2018 7:33pm (Oct 17th 2018)
     
    Cat beds? Pah! They're for CATS. Chairs are far better...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2018 8:34pm (Oct 18th 2018)
     
    Mallory likes sitting in Sootz cat bed if she watches TV. He don't care as he likes to spread himself over two seats on the settee.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2018 11:19am (Oct 22nd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The little ones are not so little anymore!! They grow up so fast.:face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2018 6:23pm (Oct 22nd 2018)
     
    I think I prefer them with fur on! :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2018 7:56pm (Oct 22nd 2018)
     
    oh my such cuteness they are really darling xxx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 1:43am (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    Wait, from another thread that I was on and have now idea now which one... Kate what does "reserved" a kitten mean? Are you getting a kitten????
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 1:54pm (Oct 24th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They have the cutest faces, I just wish my phone could manage better photos of them!! For every decent photo there's at least a dozen blurred monstrosities :tooth::face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 6:55pm (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    Sorry Diane, I've replied on the other thread, but it was a reservation at rehoming. I spent time with the family and put on the reserve for them not for me! Didn't mean to confuse!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2018 6:14pm (Oct 25th 2018)
     
    I admire that you do that work. A lot. On instagram I follow a lot of accounts for people who rescue cats and kittens.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2018 6:31pm (Oct 29th 2018)
     
    I get a lot out of it Diane! Got homes for 8 cats at the weekend. Would have been another one too but one of the staff took over and didn't do a very good job of it. Some of the staff seem to spend the time stroking the cats and don't let the potential family near! Very odd!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2018 6:04pm (Oct 30th 2018)
     
    Cor you did well Kate so happy for you and the cats.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2018 6:50pm (Oct 30th 2018)
     
    They should let you take over, Kate!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2018 7:57pm (Nov 2nd 2018)
     
    I so agree CC, it would be the purrfect job for Kate
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2018 12:53am (Nov 3rd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm happy to announce that Milo has managed to get Chloe pregnant!! Possibly Mirri too, I've seen a potential very small baby bump :bigsmile:

    I'm sooo excited haha. And in 8 weeks time I'll be pairing our young girls now with Murf (boy in the top photo below)...again, I'm so happy to have new boys!!!

    I really hope I manage to get dove (grey) back in our lines (:

    In this video you can see the difference between the mice we bred, & Milo who we didn't breed. Milo is curious & comes up to explore, he's not fearful...BUT our mice are up & out exploring :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2018 3:24pm (Nov 3rd 2018)
     
    <blockquote>I'm happy to announce that Milo has managed to get Chloe pregnant!! Possibly Mirri too></blockquote>

    What a floozy! Or whatever the male equivalent is... :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2018 9:30pm (Nov 5th 2018)
     
    Oh fur new babies how exciting. I bet my composter ones are real big now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2018 12:41am (Nov 8th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC :rolling:

    NN probably couldn't tell them apart from adults by now!

    I caved & popped Moana in with Buzz :blush: Bit of an impulse decision, but she's the most confident, sweetest female I've ever known, so I might as well have her do a 3rd & final litter with one of the new boys!

    This means we have 3 females expecting within the next 4-10 days (hopefully!), Moana will hopefully have a litter in less than a month, & then in a fortnight the little girls are old enough to be paired with a male & at least two of them will go in with Murf!! So we're looking at 6 litters in the next few months :rolling:

    I'm really excited to see what we can get out of pairings with the new boys though, so it's definitely worth it!

    And some cuteness...
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2018 5:40pm (Nov 10th 2018)
     
    awe they are just the cutest little meecers ever
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2018 10:36pm (Nov 10th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aren't they just? :heartsabove:

    We've had three litters born here at the mousery, giving us a total of 24 babies! All from first time mums, the oldest litter is the chubbiest I've ever seen!!

    The older litter are two days older, & the younger litters were born on the same day (:

    This is a video of the little porkers!!

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2018 3:03pm (Nov 11th 2018)
     
    they do look a bit like little piggies at that age, they will have fur before we have time to turn around xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:07pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not too far off CC, we have quite a few patterns coming in!

    The ones on my hand are all the ones with black eyes. So far I have 14 girls & 4 boys for keeps.

    And some of the others being cute too :rat:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2018 7:40pm (Nov 16th 2018)
     
    I wish I lived near you - I'd be tempted by your mice!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2018 5:32pm (Nov 22nd 2018)
     
    They are beautiful Kate I can well see why you are tempted. I am lucky having some living down the bottom of my garden. I was telling a friend yesterday about them and he did laugh at me and remarked I probably got fifty down there by now !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2018 12:00am (Nov 23rd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Probably NN, litters can reach 20 :rolling:

    It's probably a good job you don't Kate, you'd end up with as many as I do :tooth:

    These three litters are absolute stunners. Babies are just beginning to open their eyes :heartsabove: I have a few with patterns I've been working towards for over a year, with Hex being my favourite :heart:

    He's a video to show how well two of the new boys have tamed up (these two were the most skittish!)

    https://youtu.be/r4boxmYUvZU

    These photos are a few days old now, but the video was taken last night (:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2018 5:54pm (Nov 23rd 2018)
     
    Awe that last picture is adorable what a cutie pie xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2018 12:59pm (Nov 24th 2018)
     
    My thoughts exactly NN! So sweet!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 1:46am (Nov 30th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You won't believe how much the little ones have grown - only just 3 weeks old & they're huge some of them!! Pretty chilled out hoppers too (:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 1:48am (Nov 30th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And Moana has had her third & final litter. Her babies are 4 days old & most have had their markings come through already :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 8:06pm (Nov 30th 2018)
     
    Can't believe how fast they grow!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 8:36pm (Nov 30th 2018)
     
    The three weekers have the most delightful markings and look stunning. Mona has done you proud again with her babies can you remember how many she has had altogether ?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2018 3:04am (5 days ago) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's exciting & sad at the same time CC :rolling:

    Ahh NN I wish I could!! Although I may be able to find out :smile:

    I have some recent photos of her final litter, & ohhhh guys they are SO GORGEOUS!!! All their colours have come through & you won't believe how stunning these little ones are. I got so excited upon seeing them that Finley alerted to my heart rate :rolling:

    I COULD NOT be happier with this litter, honestly I'm over the moon!!

    Enjoy a bonus pic of the mums eating with their 3 weekers, too (;
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2018 4:27pm (5 days ago)
     
    They are just so darling and beautiful colours
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2018 12:38am (2 days ago) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So apparently the odd dark browny-yellow boy is a recessive yellow. This means he'll be a gorgeous gingery colour, with a blue undercoat and black eyes :smile:

    The two solid dark babies (Kanga & Roo) do indeed have tan bellies, so they got that from Buzz! Still not 100% on their top colour, they could either be beautifully dark agoutis, or something else. They're absolutely beautiful though!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2018 6:14am (2 days ago)
     
    Your baby mice are so very cute, Red. Their coats are beautiful!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2018 4:57pm (3 hours ago)
     
    the two in the last picture are lovely so shiny alreadyxx