Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm a foster home for a rodent rescue organisation, the Mousehole, and a while I ago I picked up 23 mice from someone who had wanted to breed them for his two corn snakes. But the snakes eat only one baby mouse a week or so and one litter can have as many as 10 babies who grow rapidly. So the guy realized that he would be drowning in mice soon and gave them all to me. Breeding mice for snakes requires a lot more work and room than most people think, if it's done properly.
There were 10 females and 13 males. The males get neutered because unneutered male mice cannot live together, they fight to the death. Luckily, my vet is very competent and has neutered hundreds of mice for our organisation, loosing only very few (five or so). All the mice have found homes now, so I will have room again for new rescues by the beginning of the new year. Until then, most of the males wil stay with me because they can't be introduced to females until four to six weeks after they have been neutered.
If you want to breed your own feeder mice, make sure that you are better prepared. You will find information on how to start your mousery on the Mousehole's website,