(Baby hamsters)(Video of 12 day old baby hamsters eating cucumber(courtesy of animallovers.com)
(Note: Only breed hamsters, if you are well knowledged about breeding & did lots of research. I strongly discourage breeding if your not willing to research & do the hardships its takes to breed. WARNING. Breeding is only for people who take it seriously & ALOT can go wrong like Baby hamsters resulting in deformed mutations, Eyeless white pups, Babies with broken bones, babies with very bad diseases, & possible birthing compulcations with the mother resulting in her having broken limbs, & even death to her & her babies. DONT think breeding is a walk in a park.
If you want to mate your hamsters so you can end up with a litter of babies heres how, for Syrians the female only goes into season every 4 days which is called the "season day" theres really no way in telling which day is the 4rth day(season day) BUT if it is the season day if you stroke your females back she will pause & lift her tail up,then you have to try & mate them every day when until its the season day they'll start to mate.(This "season day" ONLY Applies to Syrians, Dwarfs will mate any day it doesnt matter which day). When you finally figure out the season day(NO SEASON DAY FOR DWARFS ANY DAYS FINE) you have 2 choices in mating them you can put the female in the males cage(if you put the male in the females cage EVEN if its the season day she will not mate because of territorial reasons). THE best thing to do is get a EMPTY shoe box fill it with bedding half way up put the female in it first let her explore the box for about 5 minutes so shes a bit comfty in it then put the male in(ONLY at 5pm-10pm because this is when they perfer to mate) & the hamsters will start to mate if its the season day TRY this every day until its the season day & it will work. The way to tell if there mating is that the male will chase her a bit dont be alarmed its fine then suddenly the female will pause face staring at the wall & she'll lift her tail up & allow the male to mate(HINT trust me you know when there doing the job) they should mate for about 15 minutes to an hour when there done mating they'll seperate & began to clean themselves USUALLY sometimes they just seperate.Then gently grab your hamsters return them to their SEPERATE cages & HAPPILI :) your female should be pregnant with little babies there ADORABLE!
(Pregnant Hamster Pic, When Pregnant The mother gets larger like in the pic)
If you did the mating process then your hamster should be pregnent BUT to make shure when females are pregnant they tend to pile up more bedding around where they sleep. They store food more often & there more active & a bit more nippy so handle your female with care during her pregnancy.You'll notice the female getting larger on her stomach & a bit heavier when you hold her. If you flip her over YOU might be able to see her nipples revealed a little more. Shes gets more nervous & jumpy much more active then before.
(A female hamster gives birth to a litter of pups)
When your female has the babies & its her first litter theirs a higher chance of her eating the babies so to help prevent this dont contaminate the babies with your scent if you touch the babies theirs a huge chance that most likely its gonna get eaten because when you touch/hold the babies your scent gets on it & you single that baby out from the rest & the female will most likely eat that baby or attack it.The main reason that the mother will eat the baby if it has your scent because oddly her hamster senses will tell her that the babies gonna get killed by something really horrible so she eats the baby herself to prevent the babies even worser fate it may be odd but thats how the hamster mind works.You can start to hold the babies when there 2 weeks old without being eaten(or when there eyes open up whichever comed before). If you think it would be nice to let the father meet his children(babies) think again because as soon he sees the babies he will attack & eat them he will think of them as a NICE MEAL! (this only happens with Syrian hamsters if your dwarfs have babies a lot of the times the dwarf father will help the mother so maybe you can keep the dwarfs together BUT remember they will mate AGIAN so I advice you any type of hamster you have dwarf or syrian NEVER let the father near the cage NEVER! For Syrians they cant live together so this is not a probelm as you should probably know the "GOLDEN RULE" never keep 2 syrians together they'll end up fighting to the death!
(Babies Breast Feeding)
Dont touch the babies until there 3 weeks old( or until there eyes open up) at 3 weeks you can hold & handle the babies without the fate of them being eaten by the mom for the first 1-3 weeks of the babies lives the mom will care for them & feeds them milk But during this time dont hold the babies until 3 weeks old (or eyes open up) & LEAVE the cage in total silence & undisturbed only to change food & water THATS ALL. While the mother is caring/feeding the babies MAKE shure she gets lots of food & water & veggies to keep her energy up, Especially lots of proteins like egg, bread soaked in milk, plain boiled chicken, etc. Heres a favorite, take some oatmeal & serve it on a jar lid(This is a favorite for mother & babies) Supply them with extra bedding. The mother will look really skinny after she has the babies. At 4 weeks old YOU NEED to seperate the boys babies into a seperate cage because at 4 weeks old this is when they "MATURE" & will mate with there sisters & mom, so keep the boys in another cage together & the girls can stay with mom BUT at 6 weeks NONE of them can live together any more the boys have to be seperated from the other boys, the girls have to be seperated from the other girls & mum, this is when you have to start to find the babies homes or keep 1 or 2 in seperated cages.Female hamsters are pregnant for 16 days so when the mom & dad mate count 16 days from that day & that is when she should be going into labor.
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