Cheng Ting has been adopted!
She just left to her new home today
Often while talking about my mice, I have some people ask me about what certain terms mean so here I am to make a reference list for those who are curious or want to learn more about mouse care. Some may apply to other rodents as well but I have only had direct, extensive experience with mice
I’ll put it under a cut so I don’t stretch dashboards
fellow mouse owners are welcome to suggest additions to the list
you see this lil fat turd?
This is what she does to her cagemate
it’s a behavior called Barbering in which a mouse plucks the fur and whiskers out of either herself or her cagemates
She’s done this to both of her sisters who have since been separated. This is Aryll, a completely unrelated mouse. She wasn’t getting along with any of my other females so I put her in with Cheng Ting, a more dominant mouse.
Unfortunately, while they’re getting along, Cheng Ting won’t stop barbering her and it’s getting worse. Its a near impossible habit to break, as she’s exhibited this behavior for over a year now so Cheng Ting will be rehomed very soon, hopefully.
I need Aryll to recover and grow her fur back so I’ll be trying my best to introduce her to the other females again so they may live in peace with one another. I’m hoping to obtain a long 20 gallon tank for them to live in and sell one of my 10 gallons
Meanwhile, this means I’m taking a break from breeding until I can get an arrangement going that is best for all mice involved.
Midna has had a second reabsorbed litter and I think it’s time to retire her from breeding. She obviously has a problem keeping her litters to term and the one time she did, she had an incredibly small litter of only two pups.
I do have the option of minor inbreeding, however, and the best route to go would be to breed Pipit to Aryll since she’s his aunt and not directly related but still within the gene pool where I can still breed Satin Rex mice.
I could also go the route of breeding Majora to her dad or brother or Link to his sister Aryll.
I’ve done a lot of research and reading up on it and weighed my options before I even considered inbreeding the mice and as long as I’m not breeding generation after generation into each other relentlessly to the point of deformed and suffering offspring, I should be fine.
I only plan to do this probably once or twice to get the desired results and get mice out to people who really want them.
Many breeders do it and sometimes it’s all you can do when your breeding supply is limited.
For now, I’m going to wait a bit until I can possibly get all my girls to get along in one big cage instead of two ten gallons.