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if you keep them in a 1.2 or bigger group the female will feed the other females babies so you wont get problems.
even pregnant females will feed other females babies before they pop their litters.

i`ve taken whole litters before at pinkie size and not had any mom`s get ill with mastitis.
 

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Thanks for answering my question. by 1.2 do you mean 1male with 2females? what if its just a single female? is it still safe for the female, if the whole litter is culled at a day or two old? sorry to be dumb i'm just curious ?
 

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NOBODY SHOULD DO THIS! PLEASE DO NOT EVER DO THIS


It has been scientifically documented that freezing animals alive, even pinkies, causes excruciating pain. As the cells freeze, ice crystals cause then to rupture long before conciousness is lost.


It simply isn't true that they just 'slow down and go to sleep'.


Cervical dislocation however is perfectly acceptable for larger animals.
Oh god i've done this before i feel terrible =(
 

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Thanks for answering my question. by 1.2 do you mean 1male with 2females? what if its just a single female? is it still safe for the female, if the whole litter is culled at a day or two old? sorry to be dumb i'm just curious ?

you shouldnt really keep females on their own. apparently they dont cope very well plus you are more likely to have loses in larger litters.
i have my females in 3's and make sure all three get along well. the other two females which are pregnant, it often seems to work out that one female pops, the other is due 5-10 days after and the other 5 or more days after that. this way there is a continuous supply of babies and milk.

so i have two enclosures with three females and the male is kept on his own except when ive got a female in with him.

i put one to three females in with him at a time and he gets a break inbetween mating. i find this helps him get the females pregnant as soon as they come into estrus and he doesnt get lazy.

if new borns are taken away then hopefully the mother only has a couple of days to wait until she can feed the babies of the second litter.

i dont need pinks or small fuzzies so only cull once mice are large enough to go into the c02 chamber. this is a huge relief for me as i find culling by hand difficult.

all of my mice are friendly and the females never seem to be distressed by litters being removed though i dont take a whole litter anyway.

also when cleaning nurserys it helps if you remove the females first and clean around the remaining pups.
 

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I cull the mice same way as a few have mentioned, hold tail, swing and hit head/neck onto hard surface (yes sounds awful but it's instant).

I have 5 breeding groups now and the male stays in with the females all the time. They are great dads and will sit on the nest and keep the babies warm just as the mum does. :)
 

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I cull the mice same way as a few have mentioned, hold tail, swing and hit head/neck onto hard surface (yes sounds awful but it's instant).

I have 5 breeding groups now and the male stays in with the females all the time. They are great dads and will sit on the nest and keep the babies warm just as the mum does. :)

so when do your females rest? you just let them get pregnant straight after a litter is born?
 

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I've not killed baby mice under a few weeks old but my method for grown mice requires no real DIY skill no making anything and more importantly... no violence.

I have a sealy CO2 bottle for my MiG welder. The bottles cost £15 to £20 with postage. For the gas chamber I simply use a pringles tube which has a cosy fit around the gas bottle. Pop a few mice in, open the valve just ever so slightly so you can hear gas coming out, slide bottle into pringles tube by an inch or so and lay the whole thing down to give the mice some floor space. Doesn't take long and there's no drama in there, quick n simple.
 
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The methods i use

A. is putting the mouse on a table, pinning its neck down with a pair of tongs and pull the tail, which dislocated the brain fromthe spin killing instantly. This and gassing is the defra approved method used in most labs Note: this does not work on smaller rodents as the tail will pull off leaving the animal alive.

B. hold them by the tail, then Literally just hitting them on a table as hard as possible
 
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