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Read About Breeding Mice

Breeding Mice is carried out as a hobby by many people that ensure they breed healthy mice. Here's everything you need to know about these breeders.

Breeding Mice - Breeder Facts

  1. Professional Affiliations:

    There are certain non-profit organizations like the Rat and Mouse Club of America and American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association that are established to promote ownership and breeding of rodents.
  2. Why Use a Breeder:

    A good breeder will always breed healthy rodents. Mice that you get for free, or those that are captured, might be suffering from various health problems and injuries.
  3. How to Find:

    You can find breeders of mice by searching online. Your friends and relatives or your local vet can recommend some good breeders. Sometimes you can find ads in your newspapers about breeders selling mice.
  4. What to Expect:

    The breeder will show you the different mice he has so that you can choose the one you like. He will ask you questions about your knowledge about mice. He might give suggestions about taking good care of the mice. You will have to pay a minimal fee to acquire the mice.
  5. Breeder's Surroundings:

    The breeder should maintain a clean and healthy place for the mice. If he has a lot of mice, make sure he is taking good care of all the mice.

Breeding Mice - Newborn Facts

  1. Average Number of Newborns Delivered at Birth:

    The average litter size of mice can be around 6-12.
  2. Age To Be Sold:

    Mice are usually weaned about 3 weeks after birth. Weaned mice are good for adoption.
  3. What to Look For in a Newborn:

    The mice should be active and should let you handle them. They should have shiny fur and bright eyes. Make sure the mice are not suffering from any disease.
  4. Registry:

    There is no official registry for mice like there are for dogs, cats, and horses.
  5. AKC Recognized Characteristics:

    AKC recognizes only dogs. Breed standards are not maintained for mice.
  6. Expense to Purchase Newborn:

    Mice are very cheap to acquire and maintain. Pet mice can be bought for $2-$3 while fancy mice cost $6-$10.
  7. Dam and Sire Information of your Newborn:

    When you buy a mouse from a breeder, you might get a chance to see its parents. The breeder can give you information about the health of its parents and the date of birth of the mouse.

Breeding Mice - Breeder Concerns

  1. Breeder Reputation:

    The breeder should be reputed to breed healthy mice. He should be affiliated with some club or association meant for promoting mice. Make sure he has good references.
  2. Pet Health:

    Mice are prone to various diseases and respiratory diseases. Tumors and overgrown teeth are some of the common problems.
  3. Assurances:

    The breeder can guarantee that the mouse is healthy and that the parents are healthy.