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    Abandoned newborn field mouse- HELP.

    We thought our mouse problem was long gone, but out of no where a field mouse and it's newborn baby were on the floor in the middle of our kitchen. The baby is literally a tiny naked eyes closed thing. Smalls got him and took him outside, but she did not kill him. He doesn't seem to be hurt, either. Kicking, squeaking, responding to touch, but then again I have no way of knowing if she really did hurt him or not. The mother is in our fireplace surrounded by Jonas and Jack and I can't get her out, and I don't know where she came from to put the baby back and hope for the best.

    My question is.. do I try to take care of it and release it when it's old enough? I would feel OK if I tried and he passed. I don't know how to raise newborn mice (Guinea pigs come out rocking and rolling) but I would be willing to try. Or would it be more humane to kill him? What is the LEAST awful way of doing that?

    I just found another one, but it was too late for the little thing. Smalls was rolling on him and his abdomen was torn open. I called the nature center but they said they don't take animals anymore.
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    I hate to say humanely kill it, but I don't know your schedule... If it were me, I would try to save it, but I would research what they eat. I can only go on my assumption that it's similar to baby hedgehogs even though they're very different, based on size. Would need to keep it warm, depending on how old you have to feed it frequently. Your best bet might be to take the dogs somewhere for a long time, leave the baby near where mom is, and the house super quiet as long as you can and hope she comes and takes it. I had a lizard that ate pinkies (gross and because of this incident I had to rehome it) and I fed one, and she didn't eat it. It took 2 days to die, and never was eaten. Very sad. So a few hours it should be ok.

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    You can try to raise them, but it is close to inmpossible. We have tried a few times and havent succeded. My mom made up some formula (I think it was goats milk and a touch of Kayro) heated up then gave it to them with the smallest eyedropper we could find. Its worth a shot if you want to try it.

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    There's some info on it here but I imagine it would be really difficult. They need constant care. I doubt you could return it to it's mom because if baby mice care is like baby hamster care, when you get a human smell on it, the mom will usually cannibalize the baby.
    One humane way I know to kill a rodent is to seal them in a plastic bag and wait for them to asphyxiate. Running out of oxygen is like falling asleep and it's not painful.

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    Thanks so much for the information, guys. I'm not familiar with wild life, so I prematurely panicked. By random chance I was googling how to take care of one and there was a list for licensed wildlife rehabilitators. I gave a woman who listed orphans as her specialty a call and she said to bring him right over. I brought him there and what beautiful people. They had nurseries set up like crazy and I got to peek in on a the few baby animals they had. Two fox squirrels, a possum baby, and they had a fawn! She was getting ready to be released and they let me feed her apples (I have some photos of her I'll put up) and their Cattle dog was licking her face through the enclosure.

    I know the chances of him surviving are small, but at least he's in very capable hands. I have a hope he makes it, especially after Smalls carried him around. She never kills things, just gently carries them in her mouth. The woman said he didn't look injured and he screamed when she put the syringe near him and drank from it. She said she'd call me to let me know either way.

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    Re: Abandoned newborn field mouse- HELP.

    That's good, I'm always of the opinion experienced people are better, although people have to get experience somewhere. I made the mistake of breeding hedgies once, and had a tough time, and NO sleep for 3 weeks, but both survived, and I learned not to do it again. I would try if I couldn't find someone better qualified then me, but I know my chances wouldn't have been good. Glad he has a chance, and I want to see that fawn. They're so cute, and we don't have them here.

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    If it were a litter of pups or kittens, I'd have a better handle and have had experience. For someone hardly bigger than my thumbnail.. very intimidating. I also do NOT have the time. I go to school full time and wouldn't be able to care for him properly. I'm so glad I found this list and that there are people out there who help. I gave her a donation and am going to write them a letter for taking him and letting me see their animals. It was reassuring to see what nice set ups they had.

    Fawn as promised! Almost all of her spots are gone. They have been letting her out in their fenced in wooded area and she has been successfully socializing with other deer, so after hunting season closes they're going to officially release her.

    Edit: UGH WHERE ARE THE PICTURES. I uploaded my camera and they weren't on my computer. Turn on my camera and no pictures. I just tried to take another picture and it disappeared, too.

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    Ugh, that stinks. Oh well. Yeah, better he's there. I think the bigger it is, the easier it would be. I read to hand raise a hedgie the best was to wear it, in a pocket or inside your shirt to keep it warm, and feed every 2 hours, getting longer as it gets older. I couldn't imagine doing that AND doing school.

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    My camera has been pooping out on me, but I KNOW it took the pictures. I smashed it on the deck, so hopefully it learned its lesson.

    Yeah, he would not have stood much of a chance with me. The lady was up front even though I knew they don't have much of a chance of survival. She said she's done lots of field mice, but they rarely survive. Better than saying "He'll be fine!"

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    True. Better to say 50-50 and be honest, then he'll be fine.

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    Re: Abandoned newborn field mouse- HELP.

    I read somewhere if they were less than a week or week and a half old they typically do not make it.

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    I actually have had really good luck with mice. White-footed mice and house mice mostly. If you're calling it a field mouse, I'm guessing it's actually a white-footed? I feed them small amounts of formula (I can't remember what type - Esbilac, probably?) from a 1cc syringe with a small tip on it like every 30 minutes as pinkies. Keep them on a heating pad. SQ fluids as needed. I think success depends largely on how much time you have for them. But it seems like some people are better at different animals. I've never successfully raised a wild bunny and a lot of people have no trouble with them at all.

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    Aww I'm just so glad you thought about saving it rather than just tossing it out again...and that you considered humanely putting it down. A lot of folks wouldn't have taken the time for a wild mouse, especially one they found in their house. Poor little things. I really hope he has a good chance at the rehab center, they do some amazing work at those places. I'm constantly amazed at the little miracles they pull off! And I just love that fact that they almost always release back to the wild what they've raised. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

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    Re: Abandoned newborn field mouse- HELP.

    I took care of a about week to 2 week old field mouse once but he only lived for 3 days...Do a Google search on how to care for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    I actually have had really good luck with mice. White-footed mice and house mice mostly. If you're calling it a field mouse, I'm guessing it's actually a white-footed? I feed them small amounts of formula (I can't remember what type - Esbilac, probably?) from a 1cc syringe with a small tip on it like every 30 minutes as pinkies. Keep them on a heating pad. SQ fluids as needed. I think success depends largely on how much time you have for them. But it seems like some people are better at different animals. I've never successfully raised a wild bunny and a lot of people have no trouble with them at all.
    No clue. We call them field mice around here, and they're this:



    I would have never had the time to take care of him. I knew they had to be fed pretty often, and I'm at school 9-4:30 all week plus, in the middle of a huge project, plus the dogs. The couple that took him in said that wild bunnies are very difficult to raise. I lost an entire litter of rabbits when the mom rejected them.

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    Aww I'm just so glad you thought about saving it rather than just tossing it out again...and that you considered humanely putting it down. A lot of folks wouldn't have taken the time for a wild mouse, especially one they found in their house. Poor little things. I really hope he has a good chance at the rehab center, they do some amazing work at those places. I'm constantly amazed at the little miracles they pull off! And I just love that fact that they almost always release back to the wild what they've raised. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
    We had them like crazy a couple months ago, but the dogs basically eradicated them and we hadn't seen any in months. I'm OK with the dogs killing them, but if I can get them in the live traps and move them out first I prefer it. He was just tiny and bald and so sad.

    The whole scene was crazy. Out of no where the dogs rushed the kitchen and my boyfriend yelled "Whoa there is a mouse- and a baby mouse Smalls just killed!" and the mama zipped across the living room behind the dog food bin. I tried to grab her, but she ran up into the fire place and I believe she is still in there. My boyfriend let Smalls out onto the deck because he knows I don't like to see dead animals. She just laid right down and did nothing. I hesitantly went out there and saw his little body and called her away, but even from a few feet away I could see he was breathing. I scooped in and he just laid in my hand and I assumed he was really injured and that is when I asked DF what to do. I put him in a little box with wash cloths and he went wild! Squeaking and flailing around, mouthing my finger every time I stuck it in there, so I called the wildlife rehab and here we are! I told her to call me any time to let me know if he passed/was doing well. Nothing yet!

    I really think he deserves a shot! He survived being tossed around and mouthed by a 60 lbs dog. He must be strong. I'm sad I didn't find the other one in time. I have no idea where he came from, but the widlife guy said he was probably nursing and fell off when she ran.

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    Re: Abandoned newborn field mouse- HELP.

    Awww, poor baby mouse. Let us know if you hear anything. He is a fighter, he may have a chance yet.

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    Still alive! And today the deer photos are magically back on my camera. My boyfriend said something is wrong with something.. but here they are!






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    Yay glad to see the little guy is a real fighter! Oh and the fawn is adorable, so glad your camera decided to share with us today! Hehe

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    I'm sad I couldn't take pictures of the other babies they had on the property, but they understandably didn't allow people to handle them or take pictures and scare them.

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    Ugh I just found another baby! Probably from the same litter, as this one is naked with closed eyes but is very active and more formed. He was stuck between a tiny crack where our floor was laid and the cabinets. I assume the mother lives behind our dish washer, because I opened under the sink to investigate WAY back in there and sure enough there is poop all over and the holes where the dish washers tubes go outside are ripped further open.

    I called the wild life lady an hour and a half ago and still no call back. I put him under the sink near the holes she goes through and threw some peanut butter and crackers in there to entice her over hoping she'll pick him back up. If not, it's off to the store to get formula. He wrapped himself around my finger for warmth and I could see him trying to nurse.

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