Sunday, March 13, 2016

Scrapping the Mouse Breeding Program Experiment

Once again, I'm getting rid of my mice. I'm not sure what the deal is, but I just couldn't get these mice to produce, and not eat their young. Unlike my first mice experiment in which the females produced more young than I could handle, these did not work out well at all. Luckily, I was able to connect with a girl just a couple miles away who breeds mice, and is in need of fresh genetics. She has been swapping mice with just one other person, and both of them need new blood, so she's very excited about getting a new male and female from me.

Maybe someday I'll try again, but I'll have to do more research beforehand, perhaps buy more breeding pairs, and figure out how to increase productivity.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Beaver Dams on State Land Near Me

December 2015

July 2015

December 2015


So, I don't remember if I've mentioned this before or not, but I have mice again. These mice haven't been as productive as past mice, which had litters of over 14 babies at a time. I'm not sure if that's due to keeping these mice in the barn as opposed our house or not, but so far these mice have had only two litters.
Litter one consisted of 3 or 4 mice (can't remember), 2 dead, 2 living. These lasted a couple days and then I think they were eaten.
Litter two had 3 living (2 grey, 1 albino), and unknown how many dead (I found pieces). All three of the live ones managed to stay living until recently, when I found one of the grey ones dead. This one was especially runty, about half the size of it's siblings. Not sure what was going on there.
The other day, I checked the genders on the remaining two babies. Turns out, the grey one is a male, and the albino is a female. The albino is definitely interesting, but I believe Anne's Pet Shoppe housed her white lab mice and fancy mice together, so I'm not entirely surprised that this showed up, although the fact that it is completely albino, is pretty cool.

Here's the mice I have currently:

Founder Male (Unknown x Unknown)

Founder Female (Unknown x Unknown)

L2 Male (Founder Male x Founder Female)

L2 Female (Founder Male x Founder Female)

Update: Both younger mice have been eaten by the adults.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Update on Mollusks

Sadly, the breeding of the Mollusks quickly came to an end within a month or so. Between accidentally killing some while trying to figure out the ideal breeding temperature (I don't know how it killed some, but that was the only thing I had changed in the tank) and the koi and goldfish feasting on them, not a single one was left living.

I'm going to continue researching and perhaps maybe next year I will another tank just for Mollusks (no goldfish and koi).

Monday, June 22, 2015


That moment when you realize later that you were putting your face near a you see it?

A serviceberry tree I hadn't realized we had out there!

Mulberry Bush

Red Elderberry Bush

Wild Rose Bush

Black Elderberry Bush

Shrubby St.John's Wort

My neighbor's St. John's Wort "patch"

Swamp is getting low, and my island isn't much of an island anymore.

Low water levels don't stop Cleo from cooling off.

Young Walnut Tree

Wood Thrush