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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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My Dwarfves keep biting HARD! HELP

I just bought 3 male dwarf hamsters. I love them (it's been 2 days) but every time I put my hand in the tank they come and bite me. Sometimes I even bleed. One of them even gets up and wants to box my finger (it's so cute) but I'm starting to get scared. I thought of putting a glove but they won't get used to my scent? I don't know. What are some idea's?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 08:05 PM
 
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Stop sticking your hand in there for starters. They think you are an invader.

Never reach down towards them nor try to pick them up from above.

Take them out using a big tube they walk into and out of.

Talk to them. Put them in a big play bin. Offer them treats at a low level (near the bedding, not from up high). Eventually gently touch them. Be patient. My dwarfs are totally tame and never bite.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 08:44 PM
 
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I used the tube for a short while, then worked with my hamsters - took a while and hurrt a bit. Once they learned that biting wasnt getting me to go away, and that they got a cheerio every time they got into my hand they gladly hopped on.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2006, 08:29 AM
 
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I have the same problem - though I've had my one female dwarf hamster for longer. Every time I think we've made progress, I get nipped.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2006, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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I actually did the tube method and although they bit at first they stopped almost immediatly after they got comfortable in my hand. I put them back after 5 minutes of hand time each and now they dont even bite when I put my hand in the tank!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2006, 09:25 PM
 
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You have to handle them EVERY day.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-07-2006, 12:26 PM
 
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Yes I agree. I breed chinese dwarfs and they must me handled. You must be in there comfort zone.
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