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Posted by tomsey on May 04, 2003 at 21:06:04:
In Reply to: weaning posted by gyke on May 04, 2003 at 16:43:07:
Are you going for max production possible? If so, I assume you have a male in with the fems at all times. If this is the case, then the fems are preg most likely within hours after giving birth. Therefore, she will give birth again just as the babies are weaned at 21 days. To reduce stress on the fem, you can pull the weanlings from the parents at 18 days. They will be fine. This will allow the mama a few days rest before the next litter arrives. Put the weanlings in a seperate holding box, tank or whatever and make sure the water valve is low enough for them to reach. They will drink from the bottle/valve. They will also eat lab blocks at 18 days - no special diet is needed at weanling age. In my experience, if you leave the weanlings with mama and she gives birth to another litter, the older ones will continue to nurse at 21 days and the new pinks will not nurse and will soon die.
:At what age should mice be weaned and how do you go about it? Do you need to do anything or just leave them alone? Do they need special food?