Gerbil Pup Questions
She had her pups!
Yesterday she gave birth to 7 pups in the morning. I actually got to see her in labor. Now for questions.
Please don't yell at me - I am asking for help on the issue. I had bought originally 3 gerbils around 4 months ago being told they were all females. Later to find out it's two females and one male. I hear this is bad. Nothing has ever happened - they are quite bonded. Two never breed, I'm pretty sure they are siblings anyways. But he did get the one female who delivered yesterday. I am very excited about it - I'm going to take care of them. Thing is I don't want it to happen again and again and again. So when she had them I took the one female out into a different cage, but beside them. I left the father with the mother as I hear is good, right? He's being really helpful with her and she's so much nicer since she had her babies! Now what do I do when they are weaned? I plain on giving some to homes - yes good ones, I already know some. And I might keep one or two. I am shooting for breaking it down to two cages - males and females. I want to re-bond the mom and other one when the babies are done, is this possible? And take the dad out and maybe keep some boy pups to be with him? And should I keep a girl pup to add to the female clan also? Or would that be bad also? I'm new at this one 'clan thing'. I always kept gerbils singlely. Now, when I do this I have a 99% chance she is already pregnant again, that's no big deal. But can she take care of them the second round withuot the dad to prevent thrid round breedings?
Thanks in advance.