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When My Hamsters Gave Birth

Updated on December 5, 2017

What it takes to care for hamsters

Taking care of hamsters is no easy task. You need to be responsible enough to care for them as they need lots of attention. Hamsters can bite, scratch, and make a mess. so be sure to think things over before going to the pet store to buy one, another thing to consider is their breed, as their characteristics would depend on what type of hamster they are.

In my case, I have taken care of both Syrian Hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters, There is a big difference between the two breeds and knowing them could mean the difference between their survival or death, as hamsters could be brutal at times, after all in some breeds its in their nature, and I'm gonna be discussing about it throughout this page.

Yes, i took care of both syrian and dwarf hamsters and they both gave birth, how to handle the situation would also depend on their breed as i have experienced myself.

I am not an expert in taking care of hamsters, i am just sharing my knowledge, the do's and don'ts i know which helped me in taking care of them for the longest possible time.

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How to Tell the Difference?

Dwarf Hamsters

Characteristics:

- Small compared with Syrians

- Has a noticeable dorsal line (sometimes prominent or faded)

- Can live in Pairs

- Needs Constant Handling to keep it Tamed

- Has 4-7 pups (babies)

- Can have deep black to red eye color

I kept both female and male hamsters together, and although they could be kept in pairs as soon as i noticed the female was pregnant i separated the male, because the female could get pregnant again even after just hours from delivering her pups. The period of her pregnancy could last from 3 to 4 weeks, so i gave her loads of nutritious food, even cheese (balance is key), i always refill her water bottle as she did get more voracious. As her due date grew near, I cleaned her nest 3-5 days from her expected date of delivery, this is crucial because once the pups arrive, interfering is a no no. As this could upset the mother leading her to eat her pups.

Keeping the mother in tip top shape is key, she is feeding 4-7 pups after all, and it could tire and exhaust her. Water is very important for milking mother hamsters.

Separating the Babies is monitored, as i have learned they could be separated from their mother after a month or when they can eat solid food on their own, no longer depending on their mothers milk.

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Here are some of the necessary things a Hamster needs - To Keep Them Happy

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How to Tell the Difference?

Syrian Hamsters

Characteristics:

- They could be as big as 4x2 Inches

- Same as the Dwarf in eye color, Black or Red

- Prefers to live in isolation

- Once tamed, a syrian will remain tamed unlike the dwarf

- Pregnant Syrians can be aggressive than usual

Planning to have baby hamsters, i let them stay together over night (with observance) because they female can get very angry and tend to fight the male, so what i did was i put the female in the male's cage, so that her dominance would be balanced out as she is not in her territory. After a few days or so (or once she starts to quarrel the male continuously) I separated them, and once i noticed her nesting i knew she was pregnant. So the same goes with what i did with the Dwarf, Lots of food and water. I also cleaned her nest days before her expected due date, and when she gave birth to 12 pups (2 died), i left her alone, as she could eat them once she felt threatened.

Separating the syrian pups is obvious when the time comes, because the mother hamster would start quarreling them, (they are territorial after all), so i separated the pups when i noticed this happening.

What I did Right and Wrong

The key is to learn from your mistakes

On the first time my syrian hamster gave birth, it was rather not ideal, as she would often stay in her tunnel which posed a threat, she couldn't return to her nest, because her baby bump is full. So what happened is she escaped, when we arrived home she gave us a scare, we searched the whole room then we found her giving birth, 3 were already out 1 dead. I nervously used a spoon to return the babies and her to their cage (this upset her). As she killed all her babies little by little (10 pups), The situation stressed her, and at the sign of danger her instinct kicked in. She consumed her pups.

What I did wrong:

- Putting a tunnel on a pregnant hamster's cage

- Not leaving the pups alone to momma hamster's care

- Did not monitor her due date

- Touching the hamsters (pups)

My dwarf Hamster gave birth a few months later, i avoided everything i did wrong with the Syrian Hamsters, She gave birth to 7 hamster pups, and all of them grew up, and i gave them away to my friends (as pets).

What I did right:

- I left momma hamster to take care of her pups

- I gave her enough food and water

- I changed their beddings 3 weeks after their birth

- I separated them from there mother the time they learned to eat solid food by themselves.

The important thing in everything you do, is to learn from your mistakes, and from other's mistakes.

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I Have taken care of both Syrian and Dwarf hamsters, what would you prefer?

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What would you prefer?

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Where to seek for Advice - The home of Hamster Lovers

To know more about hamsters or If you have any questions regarding them here's where you can go. I have been seeking advice from them since i started taking care of hamsters, and it is a big help.

Hamster Giving Birth - Wanna watch this hamster give birth? hit play!

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Syrian Hamster Pups (10)Momma HamsterSee her baby bump?As she gives birth, boy those are many...Having tunnels while she is pregnant is not a good idea. She got stuck and escaped, we found her in the corner of the room, already giving birth!Dwarf Hamster pups, can be a handful.Dwarf PupsMunching their way though their food bowl
Syrian Hamster Pups (10)
Syrian Hamster Pups (10)
Momma Hamster
Momma Hamster
See her baby bump?
See her baby bump?
As she gives birth, boy those are many...
As she gives birth, boy those are many...
Having tunnels while she is pregnant is not a good idea. She got stuck and escaped, we found her in the corner of the room, already giving birth!
Having tunnels while she is pregnant is not a good idea. She got stuck and escaped, we found her in the corner of the room, already giving birth!
Dwarf Hamster pups, can be a handful.
Dwarf Hamster pups, can be a handful.
Dwarf Pups
Dwarf Pups
Munching their way though their food bowl
Munching their way though their food bowl

What kind of pets do you keep?

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      Lyra Kua 4 years ago

      I miss my dwarf hamsters. Taking care of them was no easy task. When my female hamster gave birth for the first time, I made the mistake of touching one of the babies with my own hands. The next day, I saw the remains of that poor baby.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I have a dog and a cat but I used to have guinea pigs. I'd love a hamster but they're not allowed in Australia.

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: Im glad i entered it too. thanks =)

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      @favored: Thanks =)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Some very helpful information. I can see why tunnels could be a problem now. Nice job.

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      thanks for the SquidLike Bonnie! =)

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: Thanks =)

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Its an amazing experience to be there when your pet gives birth. We had cats growing up and I was able to experience many births over the years. What a great lens. Thank you for sharing it.

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      @darkflowers: Thanks! God bless =)

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      justinespeaks13 4 years ago

      @darkflowers: Thanks! God bless =)

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      You wrote a great Lens, very well done. I can't give a like anymore today because I reached the maximum, but wanted to let you know I loved reading it, so yes that means a like :) Good luck with your hamsters, I have had many too!

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