Olive Rodents is a home-run rodentry currently specialising in breeding fancy mice and Egyptian spiny mice, based in Cheshunt/London (UK).

Here at Olive Rodents, I am breeding healthy, tame Egyptian spiny mice and fancy mice in a range of colours. I plan on branching out to other domestic and exotic rodents in the future. I aim to have litters all year round, but I only breed to suit the demand, so if you're looking for a furry friend and don't see an upcoming litter then please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Annabeth at Day 16.Good news: eyes are all open! :)Bad news: everyone’s in their hopper stage! :( This is a period of a week or more where the mice all jump around like crazy, right out of your hands. It’s hard to manage, but they do eventually grow out of it thankfully.

Annabeth at Day 16.

Good news: eyes are all open! :)
Bad news: everyone’s in their hopper stage! :( This is a period of a week or more where the mice all jump around like crazy, right out of your hands. It’s hard to manage, but they do eventually grow out of it thankfully.

Sunday, 7 April 2013
Hi, I was wondering if egyptian spinies had good temperaments? I would love to get one in the future, but I was wondering about their characteristics, can they be trained as easily as fancy mice? Do they like being pet like them as well? I rescue fuzzie fancy mice and hand raise them but I'm starting to get interested in some mutations like texel and grimlin, as well as other species. I was looking into getting ASF's, but I heard they have aggressive tendencies. Thanks! - Ashe

With both Egyptian Spinies and ASFs, it’s not so much that they have aggressive temperaments, more that they’ve not been domesticated for nearly as long as regular mice, and so they still have a big fear of humans.

With my spinies, I have never had any aggression from them. However, they’re very, very fast and also quite shy. My female is fairly bold as always approaches me, has a little nose of my fingers and allows me a quick stroke. My male, though, generally avoids me at all costs. At this stage, it’s not possible for me to pick them up and get them out of their cages because their speed combined with their fear would lead to me never finding them again!

While I of course don’t expected to be able to breed them into a slower species, I’m hoping that several generations down the line I will have been able to breed them to be much more tame and handleable, through a careful selection process. I’m not sure where you are in the world, but in the US animals tend to be further along the domestication process than ours in the UK. But really, for now if you want an animal that can be tamed and stroked easily, you’re better off going for mice and hopefully within a few years we’ll be seeing much more tame spinies and ASFs up for sale! :)

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