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Need a Little Help -

Back in August I got my nephew two so called male hamsters for his birthday...... and well, today we found out that he has a male and a female hamster (instead of two males) for there is a baby in the cage.

What needs to be done now, as we were not expecting this..... should we remove the male hamster from the cage - once we find out which one is the male?

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Definatly remove the male,because he will just get the female pregnant again and that is very stressful.

Also make sure the mother has some extra nutrients in her diet,or she could eat the baby.
 

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Good News....... it has been about an hour now and the one baby hamster has turned into three babies now and momma has taken them all three of them into the upper wheel where it is warm and closed in.

Babies are warm and still pinkish in color.
 

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Sad News...... we lost two of the babies - only one of them left and momma wants nothing to do with him, therefore, I have him and I am trying to feed him with a syringe (every two hours).

Please keep your fingers crossed....... XxXxX
 

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Well, first of all: what a surprise! Not unusual for babies to die or be eaten by their mum. But I think you will have rather hard time to look after a newborn hamster. They need constant attention from their mum, milk, warmth and looking after. You must be prepared for the worst. It is rather strange that mum did not make a little nest for herself and her babies, which they do instinctively. Have a look at the FAQ, articles and other posts here and also on the following link for extra info. Frankly, such a young hammie stands very little chance of survival. Needless to say, mum will ignore it should you put it back. But it may be worth a try. But then, she might eat it...:-((( Generally speaking you must never touch the newborns, because the scent alters and what follows is rejection by the mum. And this applies to whatever happens..!! You cannot interfere with Mother Nature at such an early stage of their lives, however short they turn out to be. sad, but that's reality. It is actually quite large, as it is a newborn. Up to about 4 weeks, the baby will be IT... It is at about 4 weeks that inexperienced owners can tell whether they have a female or a male...

What is rather strange though, that it took such a long time for the female to get pregnant. Generally speaking, they are mature at about a month of age, so you should have had few litters since... taking into consideration that gestation period is about 18 days! and the female is receptive 48 hours after giving birth! Strange indeed... strange female..:)


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Sad to say, but we lost the last baby this morning...... now to tell my nephew, I hate this part for his little heart will be broken. :(
 

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I am sorry you lost the babies.
 

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awww sorry to hear about your losses! *hugs*
 

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Are these dwarf hamsters or Syrian hamsters? You may have some more concerns if they are syrians. Syrians shouldn't be housed together.

It is good practice to cover up the hamster cage with a towel to provide a calming environment if she is becoming agitated. Make sure you only cover part of the cage so plenty of air gets in.

I'm sorry you lost the babies. At least your nephew still has mom and dad to enjoy. Hamsters can be very temperamental when they have babies.
 

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Are these dwarf hamsters or Syrian hamsters?
I was told they were Teddy Bear hamsters by the pet store...... is that the same as a Syrian hamster?


These two hamsters have been in the same cage together for a few months now and they are not mean in any way what so ever...... always loving and nice to each other and people.
 

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I was told they were Teddy Bear hamsters by the pet store...... is that the same as a Syrian hamster?
A "teddy bear" is just a long haired syrian hamster.
 

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Ok - I am back for it looks as though there will be a second litter of babies, for the son (my six yr old nephew) placed both of the hamsters back into the original cage together for he thought they were lonely being separated....... so now -

What needs to be done to make sure this second litter goes better and survives?
 

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Don't disturb the female. That's the most important thing. There are others with baby experience that can give more details, but for now you should let the mom do her thing. Make sure the cage is in a quiet area, if it is in a high traffic area you can cover it partially with a towel or blanket. Make sure there is plenty of food in the cage. Don't touch the babies. If the mom feels stressed or smells your scent on them she will abandon/eat them.

If the hamsters are "teddy bear"/syrian (it's the same thing), the larger hamster type, they need to be separate. Especially if they are male and female... that's probably why they were getting along. If you don't keep them separate, not only will you have many more hamsters than when you started, but also they could turn against each other if the mom starts to feel territorial about the babies.

You can tell your nephew that this type of hamster likes to be alone. If they were the same gender they would probably fight. There are some rare exceptions, but this is the general rule.

Here are some websites that you can show him that say the teddy bear/syrian hamster is solitary:

http://www.hammysworld.com/index.php?p=lonehamster

http://www.hamster-heaven.com/syrians.html

http://exoticpets.about.com/od/hamsters/p/syrianhams.htm


Here are some more websites that have useful information about breeding and hamster babies:

http://www.hookedonhamsters.com/hamsterbreeding.htm

http://www.hamsterific.com/BreedingSyrians.cfm

http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/rearing_syrian_babies.htm

The above website suggests sexing the hamsters in to different cages at 2-3 weeks. (I also read somewhere else 4-5 weeks, hopefully someone who has had hamster pups can answer this for us). It's very important you do this or they may be able to breed. Hamsters mature very quickly.
 

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4-5 weeks is the usual time to rather accurate sexing. Before that it seems to be hit/miss kind of an affair and should be left to those experienced in the field...
 

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WOW! -
What can I say but that She (momma hamster - Nicki) did a good job this time around....... she gave birth to 10 plus babies yesterday morning and they are all doing well.

Nicki's motherly instinct finally kicked in and she has made then a little nest in the cage and she is tending to them and feeding them around the clock.

Thanks for all the wonderful advice and information I received here on the forum that helped me make sure this precious little litter survived this time.

I will take pics as they grow and move about..... :)
 

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WOW! -
What can I say but that She (momma hamster - Nicki) did a good job this time around....... she gave birth to 10 plus babies yesterday morning and they are all doing well.

Nicki's motherly instinct finally kicked in and she has made then a little nest in the cage and she is tending to them and feeding them around the clock.

Thanks for all the wonderful advice and information I received here on the forum that helped me make sure this precious little litter survived this time.

I will take pics as they grow and move about..... :)
Congrats, I'm glad they're all doing well! :)

I hope you talked to your nephew. You're actually lucky...if the female hadn't been in heat when she was placed with the male she probably would have tried to kill him.
 

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You're actually lucky...if the female hadn't been in heat when she was placed with the male she probably would have tried to kill him.

I really do not feel that would have happened as these two have been together since they were born and they have never had a fight....... they are old cage buddies.
 
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