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To fill you in on the background, I have two cages of mice at the moment; a single entire male called Parsnip from Primrose Rescue and another cage containing Squill, my elderly female mouse and two newer additions from Primrose Rescue (Pru, elderly female and Rhubarb, younger neutered male).
Parsnip has started looking very depressed and withdrawn, he has also started the dreaded OCD scratching which I have treated with both a fungal cream and oral medicine and I've also treated all of them for mites but there's been no improvement. So a few days ago I got him out to play with the others, while I could keep a close eye on them all. It all went very well but I didn't want to risk leaving an entire male with females so I popped Rhubarb, the neutered boy in with Parsnip for the last couple of nights. Trouble is, Rhubarb then started to look depressed so this morning I've put them all together in one cage and they all look so happy together. Parsnip hasn't been at all interested in mating with the girls and I'm just hoping that they are too old to get pregnant but part of me wonders whether I've gone completely mad and regret doing this.
What do you all think?