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Old 08-30-2017, 08:14 AM   #11
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Aww he's very cute I love watching them exploring a new toy, it's fun to see their reaction especially if they don't just ignore it like they sometimes do

I'm sure you'll get there with the taming ff, it's progress if he let him stroke you and he didn't run away
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:02 PM   #12
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AP when I offer him seeds he ignores them, goes up to my hand, puts his two front paws on it and bites! Will keep chatting and get him used to me.

BP yes I was glad that he allowed strokies. He ran straight to to his wooden cube tonight for a quick wash before going to his wheel (another wash and a whizz) and back to bed!

The duna multy is a perfect observation cage.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:39 PM   #13
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You need to try those mealworms!
Have you tried putting your hand in flat, palm up yet ff or just the fist?
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Old 08-31-2017, 02:37 AM   #14
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I havent tried putting my hand in at all since the bites!

Must get some tempting treats (that dont begin with m).
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:36 AM   #15
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So glad you've started this thread of all your hamily flowerfairy, stop apologising about the pics being blurry, they're absolutely fine and gorgeous!
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:44 AM   #16
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It doesn't sound as though he's biting from fear if he is approaching you - maybe curiosity? Perhaps try giving him longish treats do that you can hold them in your fingers and pass them to him without him nibbling you.
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Old 09-01-2017, 06:00 AM   #17
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Thank you thin lizzy. I now have soooo many hamsters that it seems better to have all of them together.

AP he is certainly not scared. A long treat is a good plan.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:51 AM   #18
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I'm so happy to see you've made a thread for all your hamily! I've always wanted to learn more about your little critters, but have often gotten confused trying to find their threads
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:28 AM   #19
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Thanks Drago.

Hoping to get a trio of mice soon! Any advice welcome. Wheels etc.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:34 PM   #20
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Ooh now you've gotten me very excited! I'll offer a few tips

For a trio, I'd recommend a cage in the range of 20-40 gallons. Nothing much bigger than that for just a trio (mice don't fair well when kept in huge cages unless there's a larger group as well as good amounts of stimulation)

For a wheel, literally anything will suffice, other than a barred wheel. I don't personally recommend mesh wheels just because they tend to be noisy and lower quality, but mice, due to their running patterns being different that that of a gerbil or hamster, can handle a mesh wheel just fine. I personally use the wodent wheel jr for my little ones. Saucers are great fun too! Just go for something around 8 inches if at all possible

Make sure they have lots of toys. Bird ladders make great toys for them! Unlike hamsters, they do not need the rungs filled in. Mice are made for climbing and perching high up so filling the tank all the way to the roof is the way to go

For food, I'm still doing a lot of research into what is best, biologically, for mice. However, the community generally agrees upon vitakraft or a similar type of parakeet seed mix. A small amount of veggies daily is great too.

Any bedding will work, but avoid super dusty ones. They only need 3ish inches, but you can give as much as you'd like

Clean once a week, or every other week. Mice do tend to stink though! You can completely change or rearrange decor, mice truly don't mind, and become incredibly bored by cages that never change

And something I wish I had known before I plunged into mice- they're nothing at all like hamsters! Things that would make a hamster owner shudder upon seeing in a ham's cage, are perfectly okay for mice! For example, weekly cage cleanings, the fact that fleece is perfectly okay-even fleece strips as nesting material, open bird ladders, mesh wheels, items with chains, and smaller cage sizes being ideal. Mice are pretty low maintenance, but totally fun! I can link you my favorite mouse forum if you're interested in learning more Good luck, and make sure to share pics!
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