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Shinaku
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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 02:22      Profile for Shinaku   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We live behind a farm, and each winter we get a couple of field mice in the mouse. We caught a couple (humainly of course) last week and we thought we'd got rid of them all, until yesterday when two baby mice scampered their way into our kitchen. The mice looked half starved, maybe we took away their mother?, so I decided to look after them as pets.

I bought a tank (was a fish tank, but they seem happy enough in it), food, watering bottle and sawdust. After setting it all up and seeing how happy and active they were, running around the toilet tube I put in, rolling around on the ball my newphew donated to them (he's 3 year old), I decided to set up a webcam - it seemed quite popular too, with in the first 4 hours of it being setup I'd got 150+ hits (and these are unique IP addresses).

Here's the link to the webcam, I think it updates every 5 or 10 seconds, http://i.am/mousecam

Be warned, that site is remotly hosted (my webserver probably couldn't handle the bandwidth) so it has a popup I think.

Anyway, any feedback would be great, tell me where I'm going wrong, or requests for the cam. I was thinking of calling them Lou and Andy (off of Little Britain?), but I could run a poll for the names?

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Icon 14 posted February 05, 2006 07:46      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I commend you on your humane treatment of these two. You might want to rebait your traps and keep them active for a while longer. (If you are not already doing so.) Mouse litters tend to be larger than two.

We trapped and released 9 2/3 into the "wild" last month. The 2/3 was the poor unfortunate who was cannibalized by his (or her) two neighbors in the trap during the 12 hours between checking.

(As an aside, Firefox blocks the popup ever so nicely. [Big Grin] )

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I don't know what I was thinking... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 10:29      Profile for shriver     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
"Aw, look at the mousecam. Wait, Where are the mice? They must be hidi-- OH MY GOD!! A GIANT HAND!!! Run little mice!!! RUN!!!"

Ok, so that probably didn't fully capture the horrifying experience of watching your webcam. I will stop being melodramatic, now. Nice webcam.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 10:48      Profile for nerdwithnofriends     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Shinaku:
We live behind a farm, and each winter we get a couple of field mice in the mouse. We caught a couple (humainly of course) last week and we thought we'd got rid of them all, until yesterday when two baby mice scampered their way into our kitchen. The mice looked half starved, maybe we took away their mother?, so I decided to look after them as pets.

I bought a tank (was a fish tank, but they seem happy enough in it), food, watering bottle and sawdust. After setting it all up and seeing how happy and active they were, running around the toilet tube I put in, rolling around on the ball my newphew donated to them (he's 3 year old), I decided to set up a webcam - it seemed quite popular too, with in the first 4 hours of it being setup I'd got 150+ hits (and these are unique IP addresses).

Here's the link to the webcam, I think it updates every 5 or 10 seconds, http://i.am/mousecam

Be warned, that site is remotly hosted (my webserver probably couldn't handle the bandwidth) so it has a popup I think.

Anyway, any feedback would be great, tell me where I'm going wrong, or requests for the cam. I was thinking of calling them Lou and Andy (off of Little Britain?), but I could run a poll for the names?

When I owned guinea pigs, I kept them in a very large rubbermaid bin. It was maybe five feet long by one foot wide by fourteen inches tall. It was perfect for them because they had more than enough space, and it was very easy to clean out because the plastic didn't react with their urine in any way, so there was no rusting or anything.

It was also good for me because the actual bin only cost like $5 USD. So if you are looking to upgrade your mouse house, I'd suggest doing something similar.

Nice job, though! The web cam is a great idea.

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Shinaku
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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 11:24      Profile for Shinaku   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the replies.

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Mouse litters tend to be larger than two.
Yeah, my dad this, he's set a few more traps but we've not caught anything nor heard anything (considering they're barly 2" long they're noisy blighters)

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"Aw, look at the mousecam. Wait, Where are the mice? They must be hidi-- OH MY GOD!! A GIANT HAND!!! Run little mice!!! RUN!!!"
Yeah.. I was making sure they didn't die or something.. our next door nahbor uses mice poison and I was worried they'd eaten some. They've not. But I am a little worried as to why they've both been hiding in that little calpol box for nearly 10 hours, does anyone here know much about mice? They seem pretty scared of me too.. is this because they're wild, or just because I'm 6 foot taller than them?

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 18:25      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Its kinda off now...

Lol, when I saw the thread topic, I though you had attached a camera to the mouse...

But ya, I think its a good idea. Dont know where ure getting the names from, so I cant comment on them.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 23:39      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by nerdwithnofriends:
When I owned guinea pigs, I kept them in a very large rubbermaid bin. It was maybe five feet long by one foot wide by fourteen inches tall. It was perfect for them because they had more than enough space, and it was very easy to clean out because the plastic didn't react with their urine in any way, so there was no rusting or anything.

It was also good for me because the actual bin only cost like $5 USD. So if you are looking to upgrade your mouse house, I'd suggest doing something similar.

Nice job, though! The web cam is a great idea.

Guinea pigs! [hearts]

Guinea pigs don't climb. Mice do. A mouse cage needs a lid, unless the sides are real smooth.

My roomie in college and I discovered that gerbils can jump out of a ten gallon fish tank. We discovered this when I left the lid less than completely closed one day and the damn gerbil jumped out and escaped. Into my bedroom. So I came home and discovered roomie and her boyfriend has completley ransacked my room trying to recapture the gerbil. They suceeded. I guess the mess was my due punishment for letting the damn thing escape in the first place.

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Icon 1 posted February 05, 2006 23:48      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Guinea pigs don't climb. Mice do. A mouse cage needs a lid, unless the sides are real smooth.

We had a mouse in the bath (with a plug in) while we were cleaning it's cage. It managed to jump out and escape.

In terms of mouse socialisation, it will be interesting. We had two mice, both originally wild mice, one rescued from a cat, and can't remember how we came across the second one. The original one grew to be comparatively friendly with us and curious. Then when we got the second one, the two of them seemed to get on really well, but we saw less of the original one, and not much of the newcomer. Then the second one escaped out of the bath, and the first one seemed to be pining for it (they were both male, so no funny business either), so we ended up letting it go in the bush.

So I guess it's probably to be expected that they're scared of you and hiding for now. If they both spend a while around you maybe they'll get used to you. Or possibly not. Oh, and they can chew through things too, be aware of that. They almost chewed completely through the wooden cage we had for them.

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JB
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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2006 05:49      Profile for JB         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
[QB] ...Guinea pigs don't climb....

While not the most agile of climbers, guinea pigs can both jump and climb when sufficiently motivated. My daughter had what must have been the world's fattest guinea pig boar, but even he would try to jump and climb the walls of his pen to get at the sows. Sex is apparently a good motivator for guinea pigs.

JB

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Shinaku
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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2006 11:53      Profile for Shinaku   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The cam will be operational from 8am GMT until 12am GMT until I get a small server running.. I did have one until a week ago, but sold it. Now I wish I hadn't. Never mind.

One problem might be at night, my webcam doesn't adjust or anything to there not being much light, it's an old cheap one, but I'm considering setting up maybe a small lamp in the corner.. just enough to illuminate it for us to see.

Anyway, I'm off to clean the tank out now.

-- Shin

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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2006 12:18      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think mice are mostly nocturnal, so you'd expect to see more of them at night. I had hamsters growing up, and I know they slept most of the day and spent all night running their little feet off in the wheel in the cage. [Wink]
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Icon 1 posted February 06, 2006 14:36      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's 5:35pm EDT, and at least one mouse is active! He's cute! [Smile]

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