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Old 05-16-2019, 01:18 PM   #1
loren fontan
Join Date: May 2019
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Exclamation Hamster babies general FAQ's

Hi everyone! i'm new here.
My hamster has 7 pups who are currently 6 days old
I have some general questions that I would love some help with.
Once i have figured out the website im thinking i will make a thread about my babies.
1) what is deemed as a healthy weight/size for pups?
2) the runt (squish) has a little red mark on the top of its head, almost like a bruise. do i need to get it checked?
3) what age can i sex from
4) can anyone tell me what the development stages are for the babies. Ive done my research but want to make sure im doing everything i can so they will be happy and healthy.
Thankyou in advance!!
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:53 AM   #2
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You can't weight the pups till all eyes are open and they are out and about and mum is happy with it. As long as they look well and are eating and moving around there is quite a weight range.
Just leave the runt for now as doing anything at all near the pups could result in mum culling them. Trust mum as she will know instinctively if there is anything wrong. He would have no chance if you took him away from her.
You can sex the pups when you start handling when all eyes are fully open. Usually this is between 14 -18 days. As long as mum is OK you can start the handling then. Females have nipple lines and the vents are close together. Don't touch them at all till the eyes open and that means all the eyes.
Start giving them tiny chopped veg now like cucumber. Mum will take it in to them. also offer small seeds to mum to take in.
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