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neeckow123
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PostSubject: Mice   Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:48 pm

Hi there everybody. I am going to be building a mouse rack soon and was wondering what size water bottles I should use. Does anybody know any good brands that are on amazon or another place where I could by around 10 at a time? I am not sure what size they should be because some 16 oz water bottles from Lixit (the ones I use for my rats) seem to have to big of a tip where the water comes out that I dont think the mice will be able to get the water. Can someone help? And what size mesh should I use for breeder mice and mice that I am raising up?


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PostSubject: Re: Mice   Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:54 pm

Why not try a gravity fed system? Granted mice dont drink quite as much as rats but price of bottles compared to gravity fed Id go with gravity.
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PostSubject: Re: Mice   Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:26 pm

I will look at some videos on how to make one. But the thing that I wonder about is that I dont think I will be able to have 2 nipples in each bin. I am thinking of having 2 males to 6 females in one small concrete bin form lowes and I dont think that all of the mice will have a chance to get water with only one nipple thing in a bin. What do you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Mice   Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:51 pm

I dont mess with mice much anymore but i had colonies of 10+ in the larger tubs and they did fine off of one. If you wanted to put in two you could always put in a T-fitting to have a second. Most of the stuff for it is fairly plug and play being snap together

All you need:

5+ gallon bucket

Tank Connector
http://www.reptilebasics.com/tank-connector

Valves and clips
http://www.reptilebasics.com/rodent-watering/rodent-drinking-valve/
http://www.reptilebasics.com/mounting-clip-for-variflow-valve


Tubing
http://www.reptilebasics.com/flexible-water-tubing


Fittings and clamps
http://www.reptilebasics.com/3-16-t-fitting
http://www.reptilebasics.com/3-16-l-fitting
http://www.reptilebasics.com/clamp-loop
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PostSubject: Re: Mice   Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:51 am

Ok thanks. And what size wire mesh did you have for your mice?
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PostSubject: Re: Mice   Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:54 am

1/4" is fine. One water nipple is enough too. That would give each mouse three hours of drinking time a day which is far more than they would use.
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