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Posted by FroggieB on April 16, 2003 at 23:41:47:
In Reply to: What setup is most efficient for breeding mice? posted by h0mersimps0n on April 16, 2003 at 21:19:44:
As for cages I don't think that wire would be the way to go especially with mice. I find that when I have to use a tank and hang the bottle inside it gets so covered with thick sticky mouse urine that I would be afraid that the wire would get real nasty and smelly in a matter of hours. Also, there wouldn't be a good place for the moms to nest and you would risk the babies falling through or getting caught.
I also wouldn't recommend a food bowl for feeding. The mice tend to pee in it and drag the food out and use it to build a walls and bury it. It would be more effecient and less costly to make some sort of feeder using appropriately sized wire mesh that can hang from or be part of the lid.
I don't have pics but I use a short plastic tub, about 24"x16"x6". I cut out the center of the lid leaving about 3-4" border and use rivits to fasten 1/4" wire mesh over the opening, cut edges on the outside or top of the lid. I mark and then drill the holes for the rivets. I then drill a hole the same size as the drinking tube for the water. Depending on what water system you choose this could be through the lid or the side, just make sure it isn't larger than the tube so the mice can't chew it. If you can't get the right size drill bit make the hole a little larger and glue a large washer with a center hole that is large enough to accomodate the drinking tube over the hole to prevent chewing problems. Using a 1 liter bottle for 1 male and 5 females I usually have to fill the bottle every 5-7 days. Since the mice should be check more frequently than that and should be cleaned weekly this isn't a problem.
Good luck, hopefully some others will jump in and share their ideas too.