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Old 12-07-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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Homeless pets....

...while their home is in my bathub getting bleached!

I picked up two new fancy mice this weekend - a grey marked one named Thyme (pic 1) and a beige one named Almond (pic2).

Female mice generally sort out a social heirarchy amongst themselves with minimal fighting, but dumping a new arrival into an established colony can lead to serious injuries. I've been housing my new additions separately and slowly introducing them to the rest of the gang on neutral territory - my desk.

Tonight I decided to add Thyme and Almond to the colony. I bleached everything while the colony waited impatiently on a shelf above my desk - eating pumpkin seeds to pass the time. The bleach removes odors that my mice use to identify their territory and helps put my new mice on a more equal footing with the others

If only it were this easy to add new aggressive cichlids to an established tank....
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Aww, so cute!
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Aww they are so cute! They have a very cool house there.
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The picture of the mouse sticking his nose out of the egg carton is priceless! How did the introduction go?
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The introduction went very well. There were a few tussles and some squeaking, but they seem to have established a working social hierarchy. I found the new mice sleeping with some of the older ones yesterday - a good sign!
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That's good - I bet that's a relief!
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I was VERY relieved. These new mice are about half the size of the others, and the last time I brought home new mice, two of them got scratched up so badly, I had to apply topical antibiotics for a week.
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