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My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in small animal health. It's kind of you to care for these orphans.
Raising tiny mammal babies like mice is very difficult. The best information available is written for rats, but it also applies to mice and gerbils. You must supply warmth and food, and take care of hygiene. Soy formulas for human infants are recommended, but they have to be mixed a certain way. It's not safe to assume the babies are going to the bathroom. It's best to stimulate the babies to urinate and defecate by gently massaging a warm moist cotton ball on their abdomens and genital areas.. It's a complex task to provide for such tiny babies. Here's a site that will give you every detail you'll need to give it your best shot.
I also want to caution you about your own hygiene. Deer mice are carriers of hantavirus. It is especially prevalent in the Southwest, but is found elsewhere.
Symptoms of hantavirus include fever, headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, and digestive problems. The incubation period is normally 7 to 39 days. As i said before, the disease is most common in the Southwest, so, unless that's where you live, I wouldn't be overly worried. You should be alert to symptoms, and see your doctor, giving him or her the details, if symptoms occur. You can read more about hantavirus here:
As precautions, wear vinyl gloves when handling the mice, and wash with soap and water after touching them or their housing. I think it's prudent to be cautious, but don't worry yourself sick over it.
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