I think most mice are about 4 weeks-ish, well very tiny ones anyway, Id say maybe 4-5 weeks tho spiny mice r 6 weeksCan anyone tell me roughly the right time to take babies away from mum? i thought about 5 weeks would be good but everything i read gives different times,some say as young as 3 weeks is fine but others say not till 8 weeks!
I already let 2 go at just over 6 weeks.You'll know if it's too early because when you separate them the babies will call constantly for their mum, its a very loud call that can be heard through several rooms and kinda sounds like a distress baby bird calling for its mum and they will pace constantly along the side of the tank trying to jump out too : victory:
Wouldn't leave them more than 6 weeks though, especially if theres males in the litter as adults become very intolerant of the young'uns as they get bigger and fighting can start to break out amongst them.
I also found that the one time i left the babies in over 8 weeks in 2 different striped colonies, total of 7 babies, i came back in to get them out one day and there was 1 baby left...
I always take them out between 4 and 6 weeks.
But if the adults can make a noise then surely when they are seriously fighting then they would squeak?I have disturbed zebra mouse pups at 3 weeks, temporarily but essentially separating from mum, and they made no sound at all. I did however smell of the nest so they may have been more content.
Adults make sounds at such a low frequency to each other that most of their sounds are inaudible to us. When in extreme distress they apparently can screech/squeak quite loud though but I've never heard that.
I'm guessing they naturally stay quiet to avoid drawing the attention of predators. Taking in mind basically everything in Africa eats them, it pays to be quiet along with their camouflage.
Well from my experience alone so far i would not trust what care sheets say!I already let 2 go at just over 6 weeks.
But calling for mum? i have only ever heard them doing that very quietly and when they were only very young,all the care sheets and info says they have no vocal sounds so i thought they could only do it when very young.So do they have vocals?