How to Change the Default Wean, Mature and Tail Tag Ages
In SoftMouse, the default Wean age is 21, Mature ages are 42 and Tail / Tag age is blank for any new mouseline that is created. For some mouselines though, other factors come into play such as pups growing faster or slower than the usual rate, mating that produces a high quantity of pups, overactive mating where a mouse gives birth to a second litter before the first litter is weaned, or for DNA samples yielding better results at an earlier age.
If any of these scenarios apply to a mouseline often, SoftMouse conveniently lets you change the default Wean, Mature and Tail / Tag ages.
Follow these steps to make the change:
- Go to your Mouseline List by clicking "Mouselines" in the blue menu header.
- Once on the Mouseline List page, select any Mouseline that you wish to edit (You'll be forwarded to the Edit Mouseline Record Page) -- Note that you can also select multiple Mouselines and change the default age for multiple mouselines at a time.
- From here, just type in the new default age that you would like to wean, mate or tag your mice and click on either the green "Save + Stay" button to save your changes and remain on the same page or the "Save + back to list" to take you back to your Mouseline List.
Important note about existing records:
Please note that this change will only set the dates for new mice and litters going forward. So as not to affect the integrity of past data, already created records will not be changed.
If you would like to change the Wean Dates or Tail Tag Dates of existing records, you can easily go to your Litter List, select the litters in question and click Edit Litters button. On the Edit Litter page, you can change the dates as needed and then save.