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Old 05-27-2019, 07:48 PM   #1
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So my mom went out to our local pet store to buy my younger siblings two dwarf hamsters. we got an IKEA detolf cage. when we purchased the hamsters we were told they were both boys but after about a week I realized one looked very lumpy as a pregnant female would. so now we have a pregnant hamster and a male hamster. I'm going to separate them tomorrow when I get off work, I'm going to buy him a 20-gallon cage.

in the detolf cage, I have one section that is about 8 inches of bedding and I want to know if I should remove most of the bedding so it isn't so deep? it's blocked off with a sheet of cardboard acting as a wall, keep in mind she also has many burrow spot in there and food stores

I'm just worried that the babies might get caught up down there and get injured or die
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:36 PM   #2
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The bedding is fine that height dont worry! With a pregnant hammie your biggest concern is keeping her in a calm, quiet and stressfree environment. Any noises or stress could cause cause her to cull the litter.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:43 PM   #3
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thank you so much <3
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:08 AM   #4
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So sorry to hear this has happened. It is very common. The main thing is to leave her alone until you see pups emerge from the nest. If you’re sure she hasn’t had them yet then do a bit of a spot clean and remove her wheel then basically don’t touch anything until the pups come out of the nest on their own. Just put food and water out daily. Putting extra high protein out with her hamster mix and a bit of extra veg is good too. Eg a bit of porridge or scrambled egg on a separate dish. Also plenty of nesting material so a big pile of torn up strips of plain white toilet paper. She might make a new nest when she’s ready to give birth or just make an existing nest bigger. Avoid the temptation to peek in the nest or poke around. If she has had pups you will hear squeaks eventually. Once pups start to emerge from the nest it should be safe to handle her.

Meanwhile don’t even stand close to the cage and peer in as if she feels the pups are threatened in anyway she will cull them as mentioned above,

When she’s had them and they’re out and about you could start advertising for homes for them. They are ready to go after about 6 weeks. Boys need separating from mum and girls at 3 to 4 weeks I think (someone else may know best time for that). So at that time tou’ll Need another cage or bin too.
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