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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing male and female hamster

I have recently gotten a male dwarf hamster and would like to eventually have it in the same cage with my female. What is the best way to introduce them? I already have a pet store lined up to take the babies.
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Why do you want to breed?
There is more to breeding then adding a male/female.And what if the mother dies during birth???

Also giving the babies to a pet store is not cool.
You don't know who ends up with the hamsters...could be used for snake or other animal food or someone completley cruel can buy them.Pet stores generally do not screen buyers.

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Could i just add that its really not wise as hamsters can live up to 3 years or more and you cant have your female having that many litters!! That in itself will kill her. Why do you feel the need to have a male living with your female if all you are gonna do anyway is give the babies to a pet shop which like Lisa said is really not cool as they will most probably end up as snake bait

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I unknowingly bought a pregnant female. Thankfully, all went well. She was very young-only about 1.5 to 2 months old herself, and had 10 babies. Two died from birth defects. There was A LOT more involved than I would've ever thought!! I was on pins and needles the whole time of pregnancy and then everyday until the babies were old enough to go to homes! Before and after care for the momma--for months afterward, also takes alot of thought! Patches gave birth in Sept. and I still have to make sure that she gets the right balance of stuff to boost her health back up. And having babies will reduce the females lifespan. Not to mention that it is VERY hard to find good homes for the babies!
Do you already have the male and female? I would get another female and male and keep them together by gender!!


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 07:04 PM
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I accidentally bought a preggo hammy too a long time ago... Definatly NOT fun! Ive had some accidental pregnencies too (male escaped and got into females cage... you can guess what happened next!) and I NEVER want a preggo hammie again. The babies are adorable, but raising them and making sure mom stays healthy is more stress than you could believe! Its also rather hard to find homes for babies... Alot of people just take them home for snake food.

Where did you get the male and female? Are they from good breeders? Do they have good genetics? Any dideases or problems the babies can inherit? How about temperment? That can be passed down too.
Theres ALOT you need to know before you breed, and I wouldnt suggest doing it... If you really want more hamsters, go to the humane society. I garentee they will have some homeless ones in need of adoption!

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