How to raise wild baby mice
Hand rearing baby mice
This is tough, for any animal lover and should not be done unless completely necessary. If you find wild baby mice, slightly disturb the nest without touching the babies with your hands and leave for five hours. The mother will come back and remove them from your home. If not, I hope my experience will be of use to you.
When I tok in four wild baby mice (under 5 days) I had no idea what to do, I seeked information from websites and books and gave it my best. I used kitten milk as cows milk is hard for them to digest and fed them with an eye dropper; I got a drop hanging from the dropper and put it near the first mouses mouth, he took it and I prepared another drop. I then rubbed their tummies with a damp cotton bud as they are to weak to go to the toilet themselves, without this they will die due to a build up of toxins in the body. To keep them warm, put a hot water bottle with a towel over it under the cage you are keeping them in.
. Never put the dropper in their mouth, as they will drown.
. only feed a few drops (about 5) as they have very small tummies
. feed every two hours day and night (all through the night)
The runt of the litter died on the 4th day, and annother died on the 5th. I found out the reason of their deaths all too late. the milk, when eaten too fast, goes up their nose and blocks their airways, leaving them gasping for air. To prevent death, after feeding, get a tissue and very gently pinch their noses and rub them.
By the 10th day, I was only feeding them milk every four hours, and have introduced them to solid food. The surviving two had thick brown fur all over them, could run and jump, and had their eyes open. But, to my dissapointment, one died during the night. His death is a mystery, he just keeled over and stopped breathing.
. mouse treats (ie: milk drops)
. crushed mouse food
. small apple and cucumber segments
Now the last surviving mouse is alone, I have put a small toy in for company. It sounds stupid, but it is neccesary. she is 16 days old and doesn't want milk anymore, but I still offer her some just incase.
I have named her Angel, and am keeping her as a pet. She does however need to be handled on a regular basis to ensure that she is kept tame. Unfortunaly I cant allow her to have a companion as she is a wild mouse and her reaction to a tame mouse would be uncertain, yet certantly violent.
I would be happy to answer any questions on handrearing mice, but please remember, I am not a vet, and my sucess in raising one out of four was purely luck.