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Posted by patricia sherman on May 03, 2003 at 23:44:47:
In Reply to: mouse cannibalism posted by audri on May 03, 2003 at 19:09:45:
:Maybe I will throw a little dog food in the mix? Can't hurt, I guess.
I think you'd do much better to use a medium quality cat food. The cat food has a higher protein ratio, and the protein is is of higher quality and more digestible than that which is commonly found in dog food. Whatever you do, don't go for the cheapest stuff, because "you get what you pay for."
Cannabalism of first litters is extremely common in mice. One thing I've found that really helps to prevent it, is to ensure that the momma has a very dark and secure hidey-place in which to give birth. Also, if she's not one of the most dominant mice in the group, she may do better if she's placed into a separate birthing cage a few days before delivery, to ensure that she has complete privacy, and doesn't get stressed out or harassed by cagemates.