The back story to the above is in intros but the upshot is we have bubs! I have 3 mice all roughly 2-4 weeks apart in ages and I'm fairly confident all female.
The babies arrived 18 days after the first 2 mice came home and while there is a slight possibility that one of the other 2 is male, 1 arrived too late to be guilty and 20 days before birth mum was in a cage with multiple baby boys so it would be a bit contrived to assume that Dad coincidently came back with us. As I didn't see the birth and the 'sister' is working as a full time nanny I've left be.
I've read up online and returned to the shop for top up advice. I know pet shops are controversial but this shop plays an active role in our local community, it wasn't done thoughtlessly on my part. The pet shop owner tried to be helpful but I'd read the same here as he said and while he offered for me to take vitamin drops, a second cage etc FOC - and offered to rehome babies (declined) I already had the things he suggested.
The babies were first seen Tuesday evening and as the nest has a perspex top I think we saw them fairly early. The youngest of the 3 mice is the only one still coming out to play. Bear (90% sure is mum) and Laura (younger) are sharing duties and while both have been out and about they seem to take shifts and return promptly.
So here goes my questions! :
Our cage has a snap on nest that sticks out the side http://www.petdelights.co.uk/hamster-cage-3-storey-in-3-colours/
but with 4 stories not 3! This has meant I've caught glimpses of the bubs due to the see through nest top but it also means to access the babies later for taming I'll have to snap the box off and snap it open - both of which are quite intrusive and I rarely subject adult mice to it. I'm inclined to leave them be till 9 days when I would like to take advantage of nipples to sex the youngsters. I've done some reading about handling, play pen away from babies for adults etc but obviously the specifics of their nest isn't something I can find online.
Any advice welcome!
I'm not intruding at all at present and we have stopped handling the adult mice - this is partly because they've been in the nest so much. Up to the arrival of bubs I was doing what we did with the previous mice, slowing training for them to come out if they want rather than being lifted and for 2 out the 3 it was going fine but all are now declining. I would like some human scent to be on the adults prior to handling bubs at 9 days and also not to just have all 3 mice untame.
Any advice welcome!
Last of all I haven't even been able to count bubs as the nest has not been empty of care givers. Those I've seen look strong and vibrant to me - not that I have much experience to go on with mice but nothing is worrying me, nothing looks smaller etc. I think there are only 3 or 4 - I realise there may have been more but it is what it is at present and I'm glad it does not appear to be a large litter for a young mum.
Is there anything I need to do differently?