Discussion in 'Feeders' started by Wyldrose, Feb 11, 2012.
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Wow, thank you for the helpful advice I didn't personally know about the lethal genes.
i breed mice on accident when i had Nyoka (ball python) i bought a female and male not knowing it and i kept them because they got a little to big ( i would buy like 6 at a time) so not knowing they were boy and girl i cleaned there cage and what did i find 10 little baby mice !!! and then they kept having babies ! ><
Excellent! Have you tried playing with your temps to control the genders in litters? When I was breeding mice (for 17 years), I discovered that a cooler temp will provide you with almost all females (same with rats). In the summers, before we invested in A/C, we had almost entirely male litters. I started to cool my feeders before breeding, and ended up with a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of genders. Very interesting and would love to study it more I love the genetics info as well
Actually because of your posts I started buying female mice! You're right they do smell less and for me that was awesome! Keep the info coming it's good to learn something new everyday
I have heard about different lighting effecting the sex off off spring. Incandescent light produces more males and florescent makes more females. I usually have heavy female litters and use florescent lights in my home. The 3 day old litter that I used to for the sexing pinky pics is a litter of 10 1 female and 9 males lol! We keep our home pretty wasrm 75ish my husband is a cook and always freezing lol! So that could account for all the current boys in this litter. I have a 2nd litter due here soon so i'll see what ratio I get from them
When I was breeding Kenyan Sand Boas (just for fun) I ended up farming mice. I used the big sweater boxes from the dept store in a 1:3 ratio, 10 tubs total. It's amazing how many small mice these guys eat lol. And they they all would shead at once and over run me with mice LOL. Lucky for me the local shops where more than happy to buy them off me (Winter in AK is harsh on live shipments).
It's a great write up you have there
Question, why wasn't this ever sticked or anything? I had to search for a while before I found this
We had to give you SOMETHING to do with all your spare time! LOL!
It's stickied now.
hahaha HC always keeping me guessing! Thanks!
i am about to start breeding mice for my 3 snakes. i have a juvenile milk snake still eating pinkies currently 3 a week soon on to fuzzys, adult male corn eating 2 medium or 1 large and my adult male ball python eating 2 large. need to know how many females i should have to keep a steady supply of mice of all sizes. next question do you see any differance in litter size or baby size useing white mice over brown mice.
Quick question, when do you seperate the baies from the mother and should you remove the male mice when the babies are born?
the mother should always be taken out of the regular pop before birth. the others will eat her babies. also the babies are weaned at 4-5 weeks.
your welcome. google it. its what i did when i started. that way youll have your questions answered and know what to expect before it happens. and read more than one. theres always some opinions that differ and decide which you like best.
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