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Old 12-30-2019, 04:04 PM   #1
unuldd
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Default Is it a boy or a girl? Male or female?

Hi, I am new to hamsters, and recently I got 2 of them.
I have them for about a month and I see they are not breeding, which I expected to do until now.
Could you please tell me if the one in the images is a boy or a girl (male or female)?
The other one I see is a male, but I am not sure for this one.
That's all I could get from pictures, since it does not want to stay still, and I don't want to annoy him/her.
Thank you!

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Old 12-31-2019, 12:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: Is it a boy or a girl? Male or female?

I’m only good with Syrians really but looks like a girl to me.

Why do you want to breed? Have you thoroughly researched breeding and talked with an experienced hamster breeder about it? Do you have a plan for where the babies would go?

How old are the hamsters? If you’ve only just got them, they could be too young for breeding which would endanger the mum.

Are these hamsters from a pet shop or have you sourced them from a reputable breeder? If they are from a pet shop it’s not a good idea to breed them. Pet shop hamsters could be carrying genetic conditions.

Are you sure they are not siblings? If they are siblings you shouldn’t breed them.

Are the hamsters living together? You have to be careful that they don’t fight as one may end up killing the other.

ETA: I see you are new to hamsters, in which case it is definitely not a good idea to start by breeding!
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Old 12-31-2019, 02:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: Is it a boy or a girl? Male or female?

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Why do you want to breed? Have you thoroughly researched breeding and talked with an experienced hamster breeder about it? Do you have a plan for where the babies would go?
No, I do not have a plan yet for where the babies will go, so I am happy they did not breed up until now.

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How old are the hamsters? If youíve only just got them, they could be too young for breeding which would endanger the mum.
The male hamster is more than 6 months old, and the female is about 2-2.5 months old (not sure).

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Are these hamsters from a pet shop or have you sourced them from a reputable breeder? If they are from a pet shop itís not a good idea to breed them. Pet shop hamsters could be carrying genetic conditions.
The girl is indeed from a petshop (the one in the pictures), and they said it was about 5 weeks when I bought her. I got the male from someone who had him for 3 months, and now that he had succesfully breed the babies, he decided to sell him.

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Are you sure they are not siblings? If they are siblings you shouldnít breed them.
I am pretty sure they are not siblings, since they are from different places and different ages.

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Are the hamsters living together? You have to be careful that they donít fight as one may end up killing the other.
Yes, they have a DIY cage and it is pretty big, more than 450 square inches of floor space, and I need some more toys for them.
It also has a second floor of around 250 square inches, which is for food, wheel, water and there they come to pick them up (a total of 700+ square inches of floor space, if you add them up - I did not count the floorspace of the stairs which is around 100-120 square inches)
I took 2 (for me and my brother), a boy and a girl so they don't fight. I have seen them playing, but not fighting.

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ETA: I see you are new to hamsters, in which case it is definitely not a good idea to start by breeding!
I am glad they did not breed, now that I think. Maybe they will breed when I will be prepared

Thank you for the answer.

I hope someone will confirm if it a girl (or tell me if it is a boy).
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Old 12-31-2019, 02:39 AM   #4
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2-2.5 months old is too young to be breeding from a female hamster (although she probably CAN get pregnant at this age, but it wouldn’t be good for her). Just because they are male and female doesn’t mean they won’t fight. Two boys are worse, but the female could attack the male when she is older. Especially since they are not siblings, they may not continue to live peacefully.

The main concern is that they might breed and that would be disastrous, especially at the female’s age. You should separate them immediately.

The female is from a pet shop so you shouldn’t breed her. From what you say, the male is not from an experienced breeder of hamsters so you probably shouldn’t breed from him either. You should know the pedigree of any hamster you breed from.
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Old 12-31-2019, 02:51 AM   #5
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Please don't breed hamsters.... there are sufficient hamsters in the world for all of us.
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