Well, this is the 3rd De-Clan this year for me. But first for males.
So let me explaine,
I have two 10 gallon tanks connected with tubing, this set-up houses 3 young male gerbils. 2 spotted Agouti brothers (Jimmy & Dakota) and a Siamese who was introduced when the agoutis were 8 weeks old, the siamese was 5 weeks old then. All have been living together since mid March.
Jimmy is the larest brother, and dominent of the tank, Peej comes in second in size, then Dakota.
We had a bit of chasing (no blood) probably in September or so, where I split Dakota for a night. Everything was well up intill last night.
Last night while only out a couple hours for dinner, I came home to find Jimmy in the second tank by himself with a blood stained coat.
Dakota & Peej were in the main tank nestled in the wooden house together, also with blood on them.
I checked everyone and then decided Jimmy was in the worst shape and got him cleaned up first.
He had some pretty good bites on him, but nothing that won't heal up with time.
Dakota and Peej hardly had any bites on them (Dakota maybe 2/3) mostly they had the other gerbils blood stained around there mouths. Peej did however have a small puncture on his face.
This morning I went to check on the two downstairs (in the "gerbil room") and found Peej was chasing Dakota, well I didn't need anymore of this and put the split screen between the two.
Peej's side of his face is swollen today. And so I have a water bottle with ornacycline in it, but i also have some Chlor Palm from the Vet I think I'm going to give him. The swelling is noticable, he looks like a chipmunk storing goodies.
Now I have 16 gerbils, i do not want anymore.
I am thinking my loner female who's in the tank next to theirs may be in heat and set them off.... BUT then she wasn't around then when we had the last little "tiff".
So what are my options?
I have a 55G tank with no stand not being used, Someone is giving me a cracked 47G tank. There are no lids for these huge tanks, i would have to make some.
Do I make one of these into 3 sections and house them indavidually?
Do I get them neutered? (yikes talk about $$$)
Do I try to intro just 2 of them?
Getting 3 more gerbils is NOT an option. I ended up with 2 more I didn't plan for just last week, b/c of one gerbil not accepting another type deal.
I can say as much as i love my little gerbils I will never have this many again. To many bad things happen when you have so many.
Suggestions (not critisism) Needed, Thanks.