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Old 12-31-2016, 05:21 AM   #51
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Thanks Lizzy, I've given him a couple of days to regain some confidence & he's back to happily & greedily taking treats through the mesh but still no real chance to get him used to my hand, I'll try him this evening in his current bin & set up but have just been putting a mesh panel in the play bin Zen doesn't really like using just in case I have to resort to a smaller bin for now.
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:15 AM   #52
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, it doesn't sound as though you need to wake Izzy though if she's interacting at food time.
I can't handle her much
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:35 AM   #53
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Lizzy is spot on with her response, sometimes going back to basics is best, we had to do that with Pluto a few times and though he's more confident he's not close to how Neptune was. Each ham is different....go at their pace and the reward is so special. I never thought that pluto would stop jumping at his shadow but he has and learning to trust us.

All we want is for them to have the best life ever, having had breeder hams in the past, I realise the pace can be very different but the quality we give is the same.
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Old 12-31-2016, 05:42 PM   #54
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Just caught up with your thread. Sorry to hear that Zylvan taming hasn't been going as well as you would like, but it's good to read that he is regaining his confident and has started taking treats through the mesh again. He may just need a little more time to feel confident with your hand before accepting treats not through the mesh - my Toffee was terrified of my hand at the beginning and wouldn't take treats from be but hide away but with a little time she soon found some inner confidence - taming slowly started to progress. I found with her that the smell of fresh veg was to hard to resist.
If you feel that it is best to adjust the cage will help with taming then it may be worth a try.
Try to remain positive as I know you will be able to tame him.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:37 PM   #55
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Happy New Year Cypher and to your 4 wonderful & adorable fluffs!
Big Hugs Lizzy & Master Harvey xxx
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:29 PM   #56
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Thanks Lizzy, Happy New Year to you too


Thanks everyone for all the advice & support, I think I just had a bit of a confidence crisis for a few days, not like me really but maybe being at a bit of a low ebb with my health lately it wasn't the most sensible time to get a new ham but on the other hand a fourth reason to stay positive is no bad thing

Zylvan was so sweet yesterday, I decided (finally!) to move him into the smaller bin for a while & was all ready to go expecting to have a bit of a struggle getting him out as he's still so unused to hands, I had to wake him so I rustled the bedding & took a little out so he couldn't just burrow down (I really didn't want to be chasing him around) & fairly quickly a little nose appeared & very slowly & hesitantly he began to emerge, obviously very nervous but not panicking or anything, so of course I start to wonder if maybe he would be ok in the bigger bin after all but stuck to my plan!
I let him climb into a small ball & put him in his carrier where he burrowed down & stayed with his little face peering out while I swapped the bins over.
He was nervous but still quite calm & no problem with him climbing back into the ball to come out & he seemed quite comfortable walking out of the ball & over my hand when I put him into his new home.
He had a good explore, looked in his new house, I thought the bendy bridge would take up too much space & might need replacing too often if it got peed on so I gave hime the ceramic christmas pudding house which no one had used yet, it has quite a big door so it should be easy to entice him out from there.
He came out for another look around before retreating to his sand bath (his favourite safe haven!) but surprised me again when I put my hand in to adjust his house a bit & check he'd got enough bedding in there by coming out & eating his tofu quite close to my hand before going back into the house.
Not long after I put the main light out & just left my red lamps out & he was soon out again, exploring & running in his wheel, I'm sure he knew I was there even though he couldn't see me as he kept pricking up his ears & looking in my direction but didn't appeared bothered at all.
It wasn't long before Zeki & Tinw were up & running too so I was sat in a warm red glow listening to all my boys running together while I watched him
I haven't seen him yet this morning but fingers crossed we'll begin to make real progress now, I'll give him a little time to settle but hopefully hands won't be such a big issue.
I'm so totally in love with this little man & his sweet nature & really looking forward to getting to know him properly now
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:09 AM   #57
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Happy New Year to you cypher and to all 4 hammies as well. May 2017 be a good year for you all. Love Coco and Mocho x
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Old 01-01-2017, 05:55 AM   #58
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Aww! I sat with a huge grin on my face reading your post cypher, sounds like moving Zylvan to a smaller bin has given him that extra bit of security, fingers crossed your little man's confidence grows and grows.
I love sitting in a dark corner watching Harvey pound away on his wheel.
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:57 AM   #59
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Oh look at that cutie!
He is stunning Cypher! And I think he might have picked you as his food-bringer rather than the other way around The kisses were all a part of his plan to win you over teehee

Don't worry about the taming not going as planned! I'm sure he will come around, he just needs time and patience. I also find that hamsters sometimes get a bit antisocial. At least I have experienced that Kiki had times where she would withdraw herself completely for 2-3 days and not come out before I went to bed. This was regardless of me going to bed early or as late as 4am, so my first thought was that Zylvan might be a bit like that too.
Everything is so new, needs to be explored and taking treats was exciting at first so that he could make a nice storage and make sure that food wouldn't be an issue. But it sounds like when he got comfortable with what he had and his new surroundings, he needed a bit of time to himself to digest all the new changes and gather a bit of energy to be on stage again?
Maybe like an introvert person, they like being around people just fine, but need a bit of time alone too.

I think moving him to a smaller bin was a good idea. He does sound a bit timid

Hope you had a good christmas and a great new year
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:23 AM   #60
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Happy for you that you didn't leave him alone in the big cage, but stuck to your plan. Interesting to see how he does getting used to your hands taming him. Hope for much success!
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