How to Find Good Homes for a Litter of Baby Hamsters
Cute Baby Hamsters In This Photo
How to Find Good Homes for a Litter of Baby Hamsters
In case you don't know baby hamsters are some of the cutest little baby animals in the world. When they are born they look like a nest of moving squirming pencil erasers. But 28 days later they are ready to be weaned from the mother and unless you plan on starting the worlds biggest collections of hamsters you'll need to find a home for the hamsters. I enjoy giving hamsters away or selling them to responsible persons. Hamsters make wonderful first pets for children of age 10 and over.
Below are charts to help you determine the sex of your baby hamsters which should be easy between 3-4 weeks of age. At four weeks of age you must separate the litter into one cage of all the females and one cage with all the males. And if they are Syrian Hamsters you need to quickly find homes for them because Syrian Hamsters will fight if kept together. If you don't separate the hamsters you'll end up with more baby hamsters and you may never get rid of all the baby hamsters.
Be Careful Who You Give Your Baby Hamsters To
First of all you want to be responsible with your baby hamsters. Did you get your hamsters originally from a local pet shop. If so then you can call them and ask them if they would like to have your baby hamsters. Or you can put them all in a container and take them down to the pet shop. They may offer to buy them from you but you may have to give them to the pet shop. At least you know that the pet shop will be responsible and care for your baby hamsters. Unless you plan to start raising and selling hamsters you may want to just give the baby hamsters to the pet shop. And then separate your male and female hamster so you won't end up with any more baby hamsters. Below you'll find a chart for how to sex your hamsters.
If you can't get the pet shop to take them from you then you can run a simple ad in your local newspaper or on Craig's List. Keep it simple. Free Baby Hamsters to Responsible Homes. These guys are really cute but they need a home quickly. If your interested call and give your phone number. It will be much easier to give them away quickly than it will be to sell them. You can try to sell them if you wish.
Be Careful About Giving A Hamster To A Child.
I never give a hamster to a child that shows up for it. I tell them an adult must be with them. I explain what type of cage, food, bedding, and water bottle their hamster will need and I tell them to do their own research and find out everything they can about hamsters. If you have Syrian Hamsters be sure to tell them that the hamsters must be kept alone.
You should know that hamsters can breed and have more babies at four weeks of age. This is why you must separate the males and females at four weeks of age. If you don't then you may end up with more hamsters than you'll ever know what to do with.
Try To Find Homes For Them With Your Family And Friends
You can always call friends and ask them if they would like a hamster or you can put up a homemade flyer on bulletin boards in your neighborhood or area. I almost always put a photo of the baby hamsters at the top of the flyer and then I give the information about the baby hamsters and a row of phone numbers to tear off so the person can easily take the phone number and give you a phone call about the baby hamsters.
Tell the person calling you what kind of home the hamster will need. Explain its food and water needs and explain about the bedding and the importance of keeping the hamsters home clean so it doesn't get sick. You can tell them that the hamster will need to be kept in a draft free place and it will need to be kept between 60 - 80 degrees. The hamster should also not be put in full sunlight. And yes your hamster can catch a cold from you. The person getting the hamster needs to know everything they can about the hamster they are getting from you and how to take care of it. I print off care sheets to give away with my baby hamsters so the person I give them to will know what to do with them.
Below is a hamster care sheet if you need one. Feel free to print it off and give it away with the hamsters you sell or give away. You want the person who gets your baby hamster to know exactly what to do with the baby hamster they receive from you.
Its Important That You Know The Sex Of Your Hamsters
Hamster Care Sheet
Hamsters are one of the most popular pets you could get for a child. They are easy to care for. They live for 2-3 years and they make a great friend and pet. If you get a Syrian Hamster you can only keep one in each cage because Syrian Hamsters will fight and injure each other seriously and will sometimes kill one another. You can keep several Russian Dwarf Hamsters together but if you have male and female hamsters you will end up with baby hamsters.
Never Stop Doing Your Own Research
You should never stop doing your own research about hamsters and about your particular type of hamster. You also need to keep a journal and make careful notes about your hamster or hamsters.
For Your Hamster You Will Need
1. 10 Gallon Aquarium.
2. Tank Cover That Locks Down With Pins.
3. Gravity Water Bottle.
4. Food Dish.
5. Good Quality Hamster Food.
6. Small Wooden Or Ceramic House.
7. Shredded Newspaper For Bedding.
8. Solid Exercise Wheel.
9. Wooden Chew Sticks.
You need to set your hamsters house up in a area that is not in a drafty spot or not in full sun. If your garage is heated this would be an ideal spot as a hamster or hamsters can be very noisy at night. Keep in mind that they are nocturnal animals and they stay up all night while you are sleeping.
If you use a wire cage you must make sure that the wire cage you are using for your hamster cage has wire that is very close together so your hamster can not escape through the wire. If your hamster can get out any way at all it will. Hamsters can escape through holes you would never think they could get through.
Never Use One Of The Old Wire Wheels
Never use one of the old wire wheels. Your hamster can easily get injured on the old wire wheels. You want one of the new solid exercise wheels which are also much quieter than the old wire exercise wheels.
You need a good quality hamster food. You can give treats and also feed them the food from the list on this Hub Page about What To Feed Your Hamster. Just click one of those links and check out what you should and should not feed to your hamster.
Gravity Water Bottles Are The Best Way To Provide Your Hamster With Water
A gravity water bottle is perfect for your hamster as it will provide your hamster with a clean and ready supply of water. Never give your hamster tap water. Instead give it chlorine free bottled water.
Hamsters are curious and playful by nature but it may take a lot of patience and coaxing to get a hamster willing to be handled and played with. Offer it treats like sunflower seeds and stroke it gently on the sides while it is in its cage or tank. Keep in mind that its in your hamsters nature to be afraid of you. Remember that to the hamster you look like a giant.
Your Hamster Needs Wooden Chew Sticks And A Mineral Block
Your hamster needs wooden chew sticks and a mineral block to keep its teeth healthy and to help keep its incisor teeth worn down. Your hamsters incisor teeth will continue to grow all its life. If the hamster is not provided with wooden chew sticks or mineral blocks its teeth may grow out of control. So keep a close eye on your hamsters teeth and provide the hamster with a mineral block and wooden chew sticks.
To Keep A Healthy Hamster You Must Keep Your Hamsters Cage Or Tank Clean
Keep in mind that wet tail is a serious illness that can kill your hamster. You must keep your hamsters cage super clean in order for it to stay healthy and not develop wet tail. You must remove wet or dirty spots on a daily basis and you must clean your hamsters cage completely on a weekly basis. This means removing everything out of the hamsters cage including bedding and then you must wash the hamsters cage with warm soapy water and then dry it before you put new bedding into the hamsters cage. I use shredded newspaper because it is usually available free and I use my large paper shredder to make it. You should also know that if you can smell your hamsters cage that it needs cleaned. Believe me for the health of your hamster the hamsters cage must stay clean.
The First 24 Hours With Your New Hamster
Have the new hamsters home ready complete with food and water when you bring the new hamster home. And for the first 24 hours after you bring the new hamster home leave it alone. Already have the food, water, and 8-12 sunflower seeds in the new hamsters cage. After about 24 hours you can start trying to make friends with your new hamster.
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