…it’s a boy?
Something rather unexpected has been happening these last few days: most of my female mice have been having pups. I cannot express the shock I felt when I looked into the cage Thursday night and saw Mayo carrying a baby mouse around. At first I was convinced she had gotten it from somewhere else - despite being only the size of a gummy bear and barely able to move, it must have climbed in from somewhere outside! Or… a wild male mouse must’ve slipped into the cage and then out again! Sort of wild thoughts but the idea that one of the mice I’ve had for months or even a year was actually male and not female as I had believed sounded even more impossible.
At first we thought it must be Manning, who I got just last month. The timing made sense. And Manning hadn’t been getting along with the other mice so well - that seemed to fit, too. Of course they wouldn’t care much for Manning if they had to constantly rebuff unwanted mating efforts. But last night, seeing Jesse mounting Pepper somewhat relentlessly as soon as they were put into a cage together, I reconsidered this theory… and after closer examination, it seems like Jesse is the most likely candidate for the father. It’s not supposed to be terribly difficult to tell male and female mice apart, but if you’ve been told since day one that all your mice are definitively female… sigh.
There are 21+ babies so far. Mayo and Olivia have combined their litters and seem to be raising them together; I don’t know whose pups are whose but they have at least 15 between the two of them. Cinnamon’s had a litter as well; so far I’ve counted six but they’re hard to get a good look at since she’s been keeping them so well-buried.
Pepper had a litter yesterday but they didn’t make it. I don’t know why.
Chilla’s going to be having hers sometime quite soon - possibly even today.
Pickle is possibly, possibly pregnant. It’s technically possible that some of the others are as well but I don’t think it’s likely, because they don’t look pregnant and given the timing I would think that by now they would.
This is all very weird and totally not a situation I expected to end up in. The end result is going to be ~30 baby mice, if not more. Because I had 11 [very spoiled] mice to begin with, I have 8-9 cages, but most everyone needs to be separated now and I’ve run out. I’m trying to find a few more on Craigslist since once I have to start separating the male and female pups I’m going to need even more. I have talked to the store where I got my mice and they said they’ll be able to take the babies and adopt them out once they’re old enough, which is fantastic news because I definitely can’t keep them all but didn’t know if I’d be able to find good homes for all of them on my own.
So for right now, everything is kind of a mess, but I’m hoping it will work out somehow… in the mean time, if any of my fellow mouseblrs happen to be in the DC area and looking for a new mouse (or two, or five), let me know! The pet store will take them but I’m still totally open to adopting some of them out myself.
Wish I lived nearby, I’d totally add another female to my happy little mouse cage.