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Old 02-27-2007, 06:24 AM   #1
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Is it almost inevitable that pairs/same sex groups of WW's will end up needing to be separated? I read this so often I'm starting to wonder.

I assume same sex litter-mates with lots of space and a wheel each is the most likely set-up to succeed? I've read that male litter mates are less likely to fight - is this true? I've also read that having an 'open plan' large cage and scattering food rather than putting it in a food bowl are both good ideas, as is doing half cage cleans....is there anything else one can do to increase their chances of being happy together?

Does anyone have Winter Whites living happily together?
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:46 AM   #2
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I have all my Winter Whites in pairs, trios or even more. I always manage to find a pariing that works eventually but then I have lots of babies to help facilitate this, even the grumpiest old WW needs a cage mate it is just a case of finding the one he likes. All the tips you mention help as does things such as daubing Vicks on their bums or rubbing them vigorously together scent gland to scent gland, swapping them between cages for a few days so their smells inter-mingle, TWO of everything is a must as is providing plenty of hidey holes so they can get some me-time whenever they want. Best to get two brothers if you possibly can as females are more territorial but then a grumpy girl (as long as she isn't nasty as you wouldn't want a bad attitude to potentially carry) can have babies and usually lives happily ever after with her daughter.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:51 AM   #3
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... even the grumpiest old WW needs a cage mate it is just a case of finding the one he likes.
This tickled me a bit - you sound like you've matched up even the most cantankerous old fellow

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All the tips you mention help as does things such as daubing Vicks on their bums or rubbing them vigorously together scent gland to scent gland, swapping them between cages for a few days so their smells inter-mingle
I'm guessing this isn't necessary if you get two littermates? (How does the Vicks work???? ).

Your place sounds amazing - if I'm ever in Scotland (not likely in the near future but maybe one day!) do you allow visitors to look around?
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:23 AM   #4
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Yes Babyboos it is much easier when you have quite a few to choose from and are breeding. It is more often the pets bought as youngsters that eventually start to fight. When you think about it really it is not a natural way for animals to live. Most species will choose to live in either male/female pairs, singly or in family groups. There are not many where you find sexes living together in single sex groups except for the 'youth' phase till they get to breeding time. Perhaps that is why it is not entirely unexpected.
Litter mates or hammies who have been run on together seem to get along better long term than those who have been introduced later.
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Litter mates or hammies who have been run on together seem to get along better long term than those who have been introduced later.
Yeah, in my (very!) limited experience I would agree with this.

My female (sisters) Campbell's get on very well together, but my WW's, who were introduced to each other, have fallen out rather nastily..

I do want to get a few more dwarfies in the future as I think they're wonderful, so there might be some happier pairings later down the line
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My winter whites Snowy and Smokey had to be seperated but they wern't litter mates so perhaps it would have been different if they were.
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