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.