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Make and Save Money by Breeding Feeder Mice

Updated on December 5, 2011

Breeding Feeder Mice

Breeding feeder mice is not only fun and easy but you can make a good profit $$ as well. the pet stores average price for mice is to much, $2.49 each (you should make that profit or savings) . To start a small breeding oporation you'll need housing for the mice, 4 containers, 4 watering bottles, a bag of cider chips or cotton filling , food and don't forget the Mice. (breeding works best when you buy a male and a female, LOL )

Live Birth

45 deg. Water Bottle
45 deg. Water Bottle

Things You'll Need

  • Housing5gal buckets or glass aquariums something made of hard plastic would be good, walmart sells large plastic containers of all shapes and sizes . Length and depth doesn't mater as much as height, mice are good jumpers, Ive never seen a mouse jump higher than 15" (I use 5gal buckets from home depot). no matter what type of container you use be shure there are no ridges that the little guys can climb up the side.
  • Watering bottles For mice it really doesn't mater the size of bottle (I prefer larger = less times refilling) don't fall pray to marketing that says "For Mice" or "For Hamsters"... however the type of bottles you perches is important, the "neck" of the bottle needs to be bent at a 45 degree angle (some times celled "bent neck")
  • Cider Chips Good for bedding, smell removal and Mice toiletpaper (lol) (I've never lost a mouse or had any cider related respiratory problems in the 5 years I've been breeding)
  • But here's another option
  • Cotton filling from walmart i've also found to be easyer to clean up
  • Food Any thing vegetarian. things like grains and starches. Thay love leftovers like speggity (mice will eat around the meat). also cat, dog or bird food.
  • Mice start with only 1 male, and 3 or more females (for each addional female you'll need 1 addional 5 gal bucket )

Housing and Breeding Tips

First, housing mice. Make a hole in the side of the bucket large enough to fit the water bottle's tip thru, then fill and attach the water bottle. All the females are to be kept in one bucket with some food and cider chips. They will separate or hide there food as the Lady's feel fit, there good at putting things where they wont things and they tend to get bossier when they become moms... Now make a bucket for the male, he's kept separate so that he'll breed when you want him too also some times females can go into heat halfway thru pregnecy (bad for development of babes she currently has and will make her more pregenent also the additional ones will come out preemie) and directly after giving birth, ether way its very hard on there body.

Well i think most people know what to do to get the females to become pregnant, grab a female and put her in with the male leave her for 12 to 15 hrs (if the male has been by himself for a long time it may only take 30Min's lol) . I like to rotate the females IE. day 1 female 1, day 2 no female, day 3 female 2, day 4 no female, day 5 female 3, exec.. I have found that giving him the day in the middle makes him breed more pups per litter (and yes baby mice are called pups).

Now to tell if shes pregnant, if its not obvious hold her across your fingers and lift one finger directly under her belly, wile looking at her back if she looks like she has round marbles on each side of her belly she maybe pregnant. If you think a the mom is pregnant make a new bucket and place her in and add lots of extra food and bedding when she gets close to her due date she will make a nest like bed.

Smells are very important to mice. Never but moms with moms, most of the time if a baby has the the smell of any other mom she will eat the pups. If you need to add one litter to another wash the pups with dish detergent to give them a smell other than there mom. one mom can take care of up to 12 pups and can birth up to 14

When returning mom to the rest of the females you'll need to give her a bath so that the other females wont attack her.

extra info: Pups bite when there eyes start to open, if you handle them for a fue days they'll stop.


So Cute!!!
So Cute!!!

Caution Disease

Hantavirus Concerns

The Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is an uncommon but serious disease spread from mice to people when people breathe in dust contaminated by droppings, urine, or saliva from an infected mouse. The disease can also be spread when people touch contaminated objects and then touch their nose or mouth. In many cases of hantavirus syndrome, deer mice have been the carrier. House mice have not been identified as carriers. About a hundred cases have been reported in the Pacific Northwest.

Because of hantavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend precautions when cleaning up mouse-infested areas. CDC recommends that you wear gloves and wet contaminated areas and dead mice with household detergent or bleach solutions before cleaning them up. Be sure to wash the gloves before removing them. For details, visit the CDC web site.

Deer Mice

Don't keep deer mice

Even tho there cute too, Don't keep deer mice! If you catch one ware a mask (handkerchief over mouth and nose) and yes you can feed them, even pet them. All ways WASH your hands and anything else that is touched by the deer mice. Description   Color varies greatly with habitat and geographic area. Often grayish to red-dish brown above; white below. Tail distinctly bicolor and short haired. 2 forms in eastern part of range: woodland and prairie. Woodland form has much longer tail and larger feet, ears, and body than prairie form.


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    Info Provider 6 years ago from St. Louis Mo.

    This is the cheapest way I've found and CrystaAllen the water bowl will work but mothers like to fill the bowl with bedding and food (and poo)... i like the cage to stay cleaner longer 1st for the mice and 2nd i'm lazy. I like it easy, clean, and cheap!!!

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    kaywolf12 6 years ago from royal arkansas

    about how expensive is it to do all this because i need to fnd cheep pinkies for my western rat snake

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    CrystaAllen 6 years ago from New Baltimore, Michigan

    Ok, I have one male and one female, I plan to breed them for the pups, I realize this is grotesque but they are good snake food. If it is only a solo breeding pair can they remain in the same cage the entire time? Also, my friend used to breed them for her pet snake and I was told they don't need the water bottle necessarily but can instead simply use a water bowl. I have a housing for them, I use fir bark for them mixed with shredded paper as needed, a water bowl, and a food bowl. Is that a good set up?

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    Info Provider 7 years ago from St. Louis Mo.

    $5.00 for bucket at home depot and at walmart all of the x-mass tubs are on SALE and lastly glass brakes ( with lots of cleaning one mistake with glass and lost money and more mess to clean )

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    Sam Sundberg 7 years ago

    Is there a reason you opt for plastic buckets rather than, say, a 10-gallon aquarium? I'm just curious as I've never tried buckets.

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    Thomas 7 years ago

    or another way to breed mice efficiently is to look up "rodent rack" and build your self a rack for about $100. All you need is wood, mixing tubs, and hardware cloth. I would also recommended looking up mouse breeding on youtube.

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    Info Provider 7 years ago from St. Louis Mo.

    you can try for CAGES

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    Info Provider 7 years ago from St. Louis Mo.

    Wire cages, because there easier to clean, and over time (after a year or two) mice will chew holes in the plastic containers. Also over a few years plastic can become porous

    and start holding bad smells. Cages are not good for expecting mothers, or pups, for obvious reasons (holes). Quarter inch holes to eighth inch is a good size, not to small that the 'poop' wont fall out, and not to big that the mice can get out.

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    Wolf 7 years ago

    I was wondering what the best set-up is for commercial breeding ? Is there an ideal kind of container for a larger operation ?

    Thanks, Wolf, Brisbane

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    Info Provider 7 years ago from St. Louis Mo.

    cedar bedding will help to kill bacteria and neutralize the foul smell of urine as well as level out the urines PH. this advice is mostly for home or small time breeders, alfalfa hay is best just needs to be changed more often, and may cost more over the long haul. if you live in a city cedar bedding is cheaper, and if your in rural areas hay is cheaper! (Ive been using cedar bedding for 6 years and no probs...but i do add hay for birthing and for the newborn pups bed )

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    rhonda 7 years ago

    I raise mice for feeders. and I have always been taughed NOT to use cedar bedding. But on this sight we are told you can. I also use to raise them for medical research.

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    Info Provider 7 years ago from St. Louis Mo.


    this is normal but some times it takes some time for them to get acquainted, also check the male daily from time to time an aggressive older girl will nip at your male's privet (that's bad) try washing them both with a lite shampoo so they both smell the same, and place them both back in the same container wet. if his pepe has started to swell, remove him and clean him then just a little peroxide on the swollen

    area then place him into a container by him self to heal then try again.

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    savannah 8 years ago

    pleaz help

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    savannah  8 years ago

    i have a ? i just got my boy mouse today and my girl mouse about 6 months ago and my girl mouse makes the boy "squek" i don't know if she hurting him and if they cant mate cuz of the females age

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    Info Provider 8 years ago from St. Louis Mo.

    I like to hear ALL Opionions


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