It's been a week since I last posted. Dylan has had her procedure to file her teeth, everyone is on Science Supreme Selective for Mice and seem to be enjoying it - bowl emptied on a regular basis. I have been weighing Dylan daily and is holding steady at 32g. A little off her previous 34g but within safety. She seems so light and delicate though compared to some of my other stockies. She is still scratching and grooming through every waking hour and I am concerned about that. She and Sabrina are back to the vet on Wednesday. But she is still eating OK and drinking.
I confess, I am giving occasional treats of a tiny piece of broccoli or a pea to anyone who is interested. I'm just not putting it down as their main food.
I have some pictures for you. Mostly of cage setups as taking a picture of mice is quite hard. You get a blur or the front/back end and not many sit still for the camera!
So HarryNWills wild boys, resident since June 2015.
When Harry First Caught
Harry caught again, then Wills and their first home. Brown smudge top left is a boy. LOL.
... after 2 days evolved into
HNW pooped out after exploring and eating peas and sweetcorn
Just wanted to give them more, more, more. They love scurrying through the tunnels. And we have fun changing it for them. Although have to gently herd them to a securable area so can take apart and clean. We don't pick up the wild boys.
Added Detolf October 2015 as per numerous YouTube and Pinterest ideas, but needed to keep the tunnels and spaces -
We like digging. Trashed a perfectly good spider plant (safe for mice) and lettuce and kale.
I don't generally feed them things that are bigger than they are, but they really love sweetcorn.
And now the girls;
Our Arundell Angels (for those of a certain age review 1970's American TV cop programs for naming conventions). Not so much photographed I realise. They move too quick!
Sabrina from last year with a poorly ear. Got worse then better but worse again now.
She is a feisty girl who makes her feelings known. If she doesn't want to be picked up she will nibble and squirm. Never really bitten us, but Just Lets You Know She Wants To Get Down.
Our tamest girl Alex. She is a sweetheart who will just hop on your hand, an intrepid explorer but always returns.
Below is lovely Kris who was at first, feisty but timid :)
I had to pick up the wheel she was in if I wanted to pick up her and one day I went to gently take her from the elevated wheel and she just squinted her eyes up, withdrew slightly then relaxed. As if to say Oh, OK, go on then.
Since then she has been still timid, but comes to us now. And if one girl is up the sleeve she has to be up there too.
And here she is again. Knows where the camera is.
My other girls yet to be seen:-----
Kelly - I think her colour is described as chinchilla? Sort of silvery grey. Together with Sabrina she is one of my first three. She has her own health troubles I think as has shot up in weight. This morning massive 64g. Vet thought she might be diabetic (dismissed that she has 'the fat gene' - any thoughts or experience on that anyone?)
In fact you can see her on left on a rock in one of their environment setups:
And having a drink here, although is mainly a picture of a food bowl. Supreme Science Selective. Looks like cardboard.
Also to meet properly are
Natalie (red-eyed orange and white), another tame girl who seems to be taking Dylan under her wing (arm/paw?)
Tiffany (red-eyed orange), has a bit of permanent respiratory infection, taking advantage of the Baytril for Sabs and Dills.
Below is Kelly at the tower, Tiffany back wall and Alex a blur on a wheel.
Abby (black-eyed caramel and white), major shy and timid, just coming around to us now. Sorry bad picture of her to left of car.
Kate (agouti), still shy but will go up a sleeve if everyone else does
Eve (black eyed brown and white), major timid but hugely trusting once she's in your hand and then doesn't want to get down
Dylan (mock chocolate?), she is so lovely and doesn't deserve her problems. I wish I could help her more.
Sorry if I got the colours wrong, they probably have proper names.
And lastly little Jill, from the original three. Our white satin. Goodnight little girl. Another sweetie who knew where the camera was.