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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:

    https://youtu.be/Ri6pWzyoc8c
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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 (7 days ago)
     
    I love the way the littluns are fully stackable...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2018 6:40pm (6 days ago)
     
    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 (6 days ago)
     
    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 (6 days ago) 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.

    https://youtu.be/t3N-F_hamPY
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 2:52am (6 days ago) 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 (6 days ago) 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 (4 days ago)
     
    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 (3 days ago)
     
    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 (3 days ago)
     
    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 (2 days ago)
     
    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 (13 hours ago)
     
    All of your mice are just beautiful, Red!!:face-smile: