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Old 01-09-2017, 06:49 AM   #71
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Eek at Zylvan with his paws on your fingers - wonderful! lol at him trying to chew your thumbnail!
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:26 AM   #72
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So lovely to hear Zylvan placing his little paw on your finger whilst eating the seeds and so cute that tried chewing your thumb nail when he mistook it for his treat.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:35 AM   #73
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Awwww I love when they put their paws on our hands. They are so soft and tiny... You're making a big progress!! I'm glad for you!
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:57 AM   #74
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Zylvan is developing into a super cutie!
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:03 PM   #75
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Well at least chewing your thumbnail is progress lol! He didn't run from it
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:28 AM   #76
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Thanks guys
Unfortunately we do seem to have taken a step back again, I think it was the taming bin that did it, he didn't seem too stressed when he was in there & took seeds from my hand when back in his own bin but he's become more skittish & nervous since.
He has come on a little again, I haven't used the taming bin since the second time, but it is very, very slow going & the cage situation isn't helping.
I think being in the small bin it's hard for him not to feel a bit trapped when my hand is in there so I may put him back into the original bin cage which isn't that much bigger but gives him a bit more room to move around my hand if he wants to.
I'm still dithering about what to do! If only I could find a barred cage with a nice front door that wasn't too big I'd go for it like a shot, I am considering having a go with a hamster heaven possibly, I don't want to freak him out with too much space but on the other hand all my other Chinese hams have gone straight into that type of cage & it worked for them, whether that would be the same 3 weeks down the line when he's got used to being in the bin I don't know.... decisions, decisions!
It's going so slow right now I'm not sure I could make things that much worse whatever I choose to do!
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:25 AM   #77
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Stay positive!

Maybe it's this time of the year. Blacky is a little bit shy this days too.

Don't you use wallapop where you live? (or something like that). Maybe you can search there a temporary barred cage, smaller than usual, here they sell really cheap cages (for 8 euros or so), so it's not a big investment, and when he's tame you can upgrade it and just throw to the bin the smaller one if you want to.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:54 AM   #78
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Sorry to hear he's taken a step back again Though I guess like everything sometimes we need to go back to go forward to make things better in the long run. I'm sure you'll bring him round though Cypher

I've not got much experience as you know only having had our first two for 6 months but maybe you could try him in a barred cage for playtime to see how he gets on with it.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:27 AM   #79
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I will stay positive! I just love him to bits even though we haven't had the chance really get to know each other well yet so I'll just keep trying whatever he seems to want, although figuring that out isn't easy!

I'm not too worried about the investment in a new cage just can't find anything I think would improve matters, I must have looked at just about every cage available by now!

He's not actually getting play time at the moment, I'm holding off for a little while as he's been so spooked after his first two brief sessions but I will go back to it & try a few things to see what works for him.

He was very nervous yesterday evening & worried me a little but he happily took treats through the mesh again this morning so I don't think we're completely back to square one.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:14 AM   #80
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Yeah, I know what you mean, if the dwarf whisperer has problems understanding them and figuring out their needs, imagine regular newbies

Sometimes a step back is necessary to step forward.

I think that thanks to your advice Blacky now usually comes out of his nest when he sees me even if I don't have food, and he watches me while I spot clean or while I put some order in his cage, then when I finish he walks a little bit to check that everything is ok and then he goes back to his nest... so thanks!!! You'll figure out what's best for you too
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