John Polk wrote:One of my daughters did a school science project years ago to determine the eating habits of mice.
They mostly were fed our left-overs. Mice are not picky eaters.
Of the 100's of things that we fed them, there was only one thing that they would not eat. I said "Don't give them anything else, and they will eat it." After a few days, they were looking weak and hungry, and the food still had zero tooth marks, or other sign of eating/gnawing. We broke down, and gave them some real food to eat. The thing that they refused to eat: Tofu. (They must be smarter than the people who think tofu is food.)
One of their favorites was potatoes. They loved them baked, boiled, mashed, and even French fries. However, I don't recall if we ever tried them raw.
We intentionally bought 2 of the same sex, as they have a well deserved reputation as breeders. Unfortunately, one of them was already pregnant. We went through multiple generations before we finally found them a new home. I would imagine that one could quickly increase the colony size to overpopulation with sufficient food supply.
Besides their use as chicken feed, people with pet snakes will eagerly pay for the babies ("pinks"). Since they eat almost anything, they could become a great source for protein at a cost of nothing.
thanks for getting back to me .. yea i was thinking the same thing.. but i couldnt get over the fact that everyone kept going on and on about feeding them dog food.. i wouldnt feed a dog .. dog food it's so suspect these days.. the rice they use has high level of arsenic not to mention why are they putting rice in dog food.. anyways.. i was just wondering if anyone did it.. it's good to know.. as for the tofu i wouldnt eat most of it.. either.. soy has become so suspect with all the short cuts they have been pulling with it lately. it's supposed to be fermented