Part of the Pack
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Southern California
Just rescued two dwarfs
I work as a pet photographer in Petco stores, and the store I was in today had a tank of hamsters for adoption (free), I guess a customer had an accidental litter, and brought them in about a week ago. There were 6 today. I noticed that the boys and girls had not been seperated, there was one little boy violating all of his sisters. Knowing that most people wouldn't be able to tell boys and girls apart, and knowing that the girls would probably be pregnant, I decided to take home two girls. I've got plenty of cages and supplies leftover from having my mice and my syrian hamster. A nice couple who recently lost their mice decided that they would adopt a pair, and I explained to them that if they got girls, they would probably have babies, so they decided to get boys. I have never handled dwarf hamsters before, or done much research on them, so sexing ended up being a comparison. I picked up the one little boy that had been humping the girls, and found one that matched. The other four appear to be girls. I explained to the couple that I'm no expert, but I knew a bit more than the store employees did, so they trusted me, but I did let them know that I could be wrong. Anyways, I took two girls, making sure the other two were both girls. Hopefully the employees will tell whoever adopts them that they are probably pregnant. I would have taken all four, but I don't have the space for four litters.
Anyways, I've got a few questions. These two girls are littermates, and have been together since birth. Is it okay if they stay together when they have babies, or should they be seperated? My sister has offered to take one if I need to seperate them, if not, then she will wait and adopt some of the babies. My brother would like a pair once the babies are ready to go, and he's got plenty of high school girls as friends who would probably love hamsters, too. I'd obviously get parental permission before giving away hamsters to teenagers, and I'd teach them how to properly care for them, so that won't be an issue.
I named the girls Miley and Lily. I can't tell them apart, so they just share the names for now.
4 cats: Radar, Oscar, Mackintosh, Qwilleran
1 dog: Daphne
3 rabbits: Barbarella Bunny. DC's Lucy, Ricky
1 daddy-long leg spider: Spidey
8 assorted tarantulas
1 madagascar hissing cockroach: Lady
1 ball python: Eve
1 corn snake: Charisma
1 California kingsnake: Honey
1 tortoise: Charlie
2 Mali Uromastyx: Nick and Nora