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When a mouse has babies is it ok to fully change the bedding and nesting material in the nest when the babies are only 10 days old?

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2006-04-19 14:37:38
2006-04-19 14:37:38

Yes. Just make certain that you've got another place ready for them while you change the cage litter. Got a shoebox and put some litter in it. Make a little nest if you would like. Then rub your hands on the used litter or the mother and then place mother and babies CAREFULLY into the shoebox. Change the bedding and then make sure to, once more, CAREFULLY replace mother and babies in the normal cage. It is best not to. However, if you feel that it really needs to be done you should always change the bedding around the nest first. Next, place in another house or box on the fresh litter, if possible, remove old housing from on top of babies and allow the mother to move them when she feels she's ready to {DO NOT TOUCH BABIES}. Once you have noticed that all babies have been relocated to the new nest you can then finish cleaning the cage by removing the litter from the old nest. DO NOT touch the babies until they have their eyes open and are freely moving about the cage, otherwise you run the risk of her abandoning the litter {especially if she is a first time mother}. KECHARA

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