Ok I am soft on mice but this is kind of sad. You all know by now how soft an idiot I am for critters! - Excluding wild RATs, Nasty Ferrets and all species of Spider!!!! My feeder storage tubs are quite deep and consequently when they start to run very low my theiving little varments get caught as they can get in but they cannot get out!!!!! I have two young mice I know of that do this all the time since they were born - their mum has not been about in a long time so I think the cat must have got her. Anyhow I have been lifting these two out of the feed store tubs for a longtime and since they are used to that they now start to come jump om my hand to get lifted up. I took all the hay out of the store and the plastic that their mum made her nest in after the grew. I wanted to discourage nesting in the food store, but I didn;t mind turning a blind eye to the two little ones. Well yesterday I caught one again and thought to myself gosh you got so fat its a wonder you got in the food store at all!!!!! I lifted her out and that was fine. I check every few hours because its so cold here I know they would die if they were left and could not get out. So I checked late last night and there was no one in it at all! This morning I checked again and - There was a pile of blue tiny baby mice without any cover and no mummy mouse at all. - I thought cause there was NO bedding there they wouldn;t do the nest thing. I thought the babies were dead as they were stone cold. I lifted them up and looked at them and they were dead. So I put them in my pocket to throw when I finished doing the hens. But when I lifted them out they were pink! All 5 were pink as I held them in my bare hands ( Yeah I know my mistake!!! But I thought they were dead!) Two of them went really red and started to cry OMG!!!!!!! - I rubbed at the other three and one seemed to be going a darker red but the other two are still pink no sign of life but Not blue like before either??? Anyhow I got hay from the garage and put it back in the feeder store in the exact place they were found and then I warmed one of those heat pads and put it under the whole lot I put all 5 little ones into the hay so they are covered and have heat from the pad comming through. I am hoping that their mum will hear them and come looking as the mice are always about!!! - Also because they are used to my smell having been lifted up - maybe just maybe she wont reject the babies????? Anyhow they will die if she doesn't come back. - She can get in and with the extra hight of the hay she can easily take each baby out with her and take them to her own nest. I hope she would have one someplace cause there is NO nesting materials at all in the feed storage place. I deliberately took all of that away once those babies left their nest. I told them strictly NO nesting once the snow had gone!!!!!! I think whats happened is this mommy got into the storage bin cause she was hungry and then started to have the babies - she was trapped and couldn;t get out. But once she had them somehow she managed to get out - maybe she even took one baby with her who knows? - I just happened on the other 5. Maybe she will come looking and hear them crying ?????? If she doesn;t that will be it for them I guess. I think I have given them the best shot I can. I cannot look after baby mice - simply I don;t have the time or the skill base. Especially with a disabled 23 yr old and a tiny baby human here! I also go away soon and I just know the disability care worker WILL NOT FEED MICE! I guess nature/ our lord is so good about these things cause somehow there seem to be so many replacements - when us bumbling humans mess up!!!!! I feel bad and I was tempted to put all the nesting stuff back but I can;t I have to keep the feed store free of as many mice as I can. Sure I don;t mind one or 2 especially when they climb on my hand to get rescued and are so tame - but this 5 if they grow will become more and more. - I can;t feed them all - but I hate to see the mom lose them - especially when I walked back into my kitchen to see my grandbaby all tucked up warm waiting to be fed!!! - She is just a mom trying to do her best just like the rest of us. I really had no idea mice could get soooo cold and survive? - I wonder if Mommy mouse knows that and didn;t think they were dead like me??? Oesdog - sure hope she comes back???