Thursday, June 17, 2010

2 + 6 = 22

Remember when we got those mice? Those two sweet low maintenance mice? And remember what happened? (thanks Pet Smart...) It was fun to have those little mice running around and fun to see them grow. Once. I got on the internet, read up all I could find. I called three Pet Smarts and asked for guidance. Well, the internet lies. Mice can (though they shouldn't) impregnate/get pregnant at 4 and a half weeks. Not six weeks- not eight weeks like I was told. We split them up (boys and girls) at five weeks. They had just weaned a week or two before! Well, five weeks is too late! We had two moms. One of them was so plump with babies (she had 10) that she looked like she had swallowed a quarter cup of dried beans! All lumpy! Watching them feed the brood of 16 is hysterical- they just lie across the top all limbs spread out and just wait for it to be over! Pitfalls of the unintentional neophyte mouse farmer. Now from our original two, we have 22 mice. we already gave two away from the last batch or we would have 24. Are you kidding me? These were supposed to be easy pets! They turn four weeks on wednesday so on tuesday we are seperating them! Thank goodness my Aunt volunteers at the local Humane Society and she told me that they love to have mice because they get adopted out quickly. By families with small kids and not for snake food so they get to go there on the 27th. We will keep four. Four girls! I hope that one up there is a girl because that is one cute mouse- and very friendly too.

8 comments:

laurie -magpie ethel said...

That is wayyyy too much mouse math! Good thing the humane society can help out...imagine where you could be in a few months without giving some away! YIKES!

sy said...

this is hilirious :D

Heather said...

Uuuummm that's funny Mo!!! sneaky little mice!! LOL

Maija said...

I am cracking up!!!

Nicole said...

gave me a good chuckle..good thing I didn't get those mice my son wanted :)

Lori said...

That's that "New Math" thing isn't it?? Or maybe the exponential growth chart.....
Good luck with your mouse farming.

NadineC said...

Oh my - this reminds me of when my boys were little and one day they came home with "free gerbils" from school - supposedly two boys. Right..... We had the same problems you did, only we kept at it a LONG time...we live in the woods, so finally started "setting them free" by our old, falling-down, not-livable previous house, where they mated with country mice to produce "gerbil-mice." My brother's cat thought they were pretty tasty - how do we know this? Because his cat started losing his hair and the vet said his diet was too rich in "something." Ok, maybe that's too much information, LOL! Good luck with your mice :-)

Violet Craft said...

Oh my goodness Mo! I can't believe how many you ended up with! - and even stranger, I can't believe how many people I know that just commented on your blog post too. Hello Laurie, Heather, and Lori. Portland really is a small town isn't it?