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Breeding Feeder Mice

Discussion in 'Feeders' started by Wyldrose, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

  2. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member

    Nicely written...
  3. GoldDust

    GoldDust Well-Known Member

    Wow, thank you for the helpful advice :) I didn't personally know about the lethal genes.
  4. Jessica90

    Jessica90 Elite Member

    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 ! ><
  5. bradyloach

    bradyloach Elite Member

    good information :D
  6. Wynd

    Wynd Elite Member

    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 :D I love the genetics info as well ;)
  7. JoeyG

    JoeyG Subscribed User Premium Member

    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 :D
  8. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    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 :)
  9. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    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 :)
  10. Jkbauer13

    Jkbauer13 Elite Member

    Question, why wasn't this ever sticked or anything? I had to search for a while before I found this
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    We had to give you SOMETHING to do with all your spare time! LOL!;)
    It's stickied now.
  12. Jkbauer13

    Jkbauer13 Elite Member

    hahaha HC always keeping me guessing! Thanks!
  13. jdandlucy

    jdandlucy Elite Member

    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.
  14. CornyBoa

    CornyBoa Active Member

    Quick question, when do you seperate the baies from the mother and should you remove the male mice when the babies are born?
  15. lexiilish

    lexiilish Elite Member

    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.
  16. CornyBoa

    CornyBoa Active Member

    Great thanks!
  17. lexiilish

    lexiilish Elite Member

    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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