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Yes, Scoop the litter up all together by cupping your hands and place them with the mom in a different cage. Remember to put paper towels in the cage and toliet paper rolls so the mom can tear it up to build the nest. Check out FAQfarm question listed: "When a mouse has babies is it safe to change the bedding and nesting material if the babies are less than 10 days old?" Kechara ive changed the bedding just make sure you dont touch the mice or the mother will reject the litter but to answer your question yes (dont touch the mice) just so everyones aware, the mother rejecting the babies if you touch them is a Myth, The only way she will reject them and Eat them is if she gets to stressed out ( And if the babies have hair at all she wont Kill them either), What i do is Remove the mother First and then remove the babies, then i clean the enclosure, put the babies back in first, then put the mother back in with them, ( and yes i touch them all First mua ha ha), I havent had a casualty yet out of 5 litters.

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Q: Can you change the bedding in a mice cage that houses a mother and babies less than 1 week old without the mother rejecting the babies?
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