Since it’s been a while, if you want to catch up on my never-ending mouse sagas:
This past May I posted this on Facebook:
To summarize, the Mouse Dad escaped his cage while I had the door open [leapt right out past my hand], and ran downstairs and under the fridge. That made me realize that after 18 months he might not want to be a caged mouse any longer. After recapturing him, I put his cage out in the yard and he was gone the next morning. I left the cage outside for almost 2 weeks but he never came back sigh. After that, I made the very hard decision [for me] to put the Mouse Baby’s cage outside. He was gone the next morning and never came back either. I still miss him. We had the best [mostly one sided] late night talks:
This is the last picture I have of the Mouse Baby, from April 1st, 2021:
I hope he fathered 1,000 mice and became the Mouse King of Ipswich.
On May 30th I caught a new mouse in the basement. Her tail was broken from when the humane trap slammed shut on it 🙁 I put her in the Mouse Baby’s old [cleaned] hamster cage to let her recuperate:
Two days later she produced 5 little gifts:
When the babies were 3 weeks old their eyes opened. When they were 4 weeks old they started squishing through the bars of the hamster cage and wreaking havoc in the girl cave. That’s when I made a 90-quart bin cage for them, to keep them ALL IN ONE PLACE. It worked great! 2 weeks later, when the babies were 6 weeks old, I released them with their mom into a field near our house.
On August 9th I trapped another mouse who was very obviously pregnant and about to burst. I put her in a hamster cage in the girl cave.
August 16th [about 1 week old]:
I was planning to move her and her babies into the large bin cage, but before I could, she escaped and took all her babies with her. I haven’t seen them since… it really blows my mind how she got out and where she went… I set humane traps all over the house for the past 3 weeks and caught nothing. I have to assume she took them down the heater pipes into the basement…