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Old 03-18-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Hi. I have 2 Russian Dwarfs, the shop told me 3 days ago that they were both males. But today I saw one humping the other. From this picture of the smaller one, the one that was being humped, do you think its a female? https://imgur.com/gallery/PY5dGL6
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Old 03-18-2019, 03:32 PM   #2
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That one looks like a girl. You will need to separate them now, not sure how old they are but if the other is a male you are going to need to be on pregnancy watch too.
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Old 03-18-2019, 03:39 PM   #3
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Already responded to your PM but I’ll reply here as well lol

She’s definitely female. if you haven’t already you need to seperate them asap and prepare for the possibility of babies. If you don’t have another cage get, just make a temporary bin cage for one of them

I’d also let the pet shop know they missexed her to avoid this happening to anyone else.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:03 PM   #4
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Omg.. I never had hamster before and now there is the possibility of getting a litter of like 12?!

They have been together for 2 days, I separated them tonight as soon as I saw the humping.
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Im gonna put up an ad online to sell the second cage with the male. I don't want to return him to the store because they looked miserable there with no toys or bedding..

From my picture, if that is the hamsters vagina and there is no "copulatory plug", then she will likely not get pregnant, correct?

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Old 03-19-2019, 06:23 AM   #5
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You can't really know if she is or isn't pregnant until you start seeing pregnancy signs. It would be better to assume she is really and start preparing now.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:21 AM   #6
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If you're going to sell one of the cages, with a hamster, I would sell the lower one in the front of the picture. The other one is quite tall and looks to have some fall risks for a dwarf hamster - we can help you with set up to avoid that but someone you sold it to may not do that and the hamster could get injured.

Not sure how long you have to wait with a dwarf hamster to see if she has a litter, but I think it's 16 days? You often can't tell they are pregnant until the babies arrive.

Fingers crossed she isn't pregnant - but - in case she is you need to make a few preparations.

1) Clean her cage now (sounds like it;s already cleaned if you've just separated them). But don;t clean it again until you know if she;s had babies or is past pregnancy watch.

2) Don't disturb her in her cage. This is especially important around the time she is due - any disturbance and she could eat the babies. Not a solution - you will find homes for them.

I'm sure someone with more breeding experience will givefurther details!
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:04 AM   #7
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Dwarf hamster pregnancy is somewhere between 18 and 22 days. They can delay implantation slightly so it can vary.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the tips.

I got a seller for my cage, sadly he doesnt want the male hamster . So I guess I will keep my male in the higher cage and the female in the huge Living World Green Eco Habitat that should arrive later this week.

One question, I guess that it is not advisable for the hamsters to be able to see each other, even though they are separated, correct? Otherwise I would make two different habitats inside the Living World Green Eco Habitat somehow connecting it to the other cage as well. But I assume maybe females and males should not be near each other, right?

If she is pregnant I dont know what I will do with a dozen babies.. I live on an island, 250k pop, hamsters are not really popular pets. I have yet to receive any messages on the ad I put about the hamster with the cage. Well, if she is pregnant I guess I will have a couple of weeks to find a solution. We will see.. All this because the pet shop couldn't distinguish a male from a female. How do they keep opposite gender hamsters in the same cage there??
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:27 PM   #9
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They can be in the same room or have their cages near each other but please dont try dividing the Eco Habitat between two hamsters. Half the medium Eco Habitat is not enough space for a hamster.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:50 AM   #10
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If she has a small litter - it's more likely she may have 6 or so the young male pups are usually accepted just fine by the dad. The females can stay with mum.
Some UK stores do provide items so the owner of a pregnant hamster they have sold so that they can raise the litter. Do you mean you have sold one of the cages? One of them can always live in a large storage bin till the new cage arrives. I'd keep the male until you see if she does have pups. If she doesn't you will just have two happy hammies in decent cages that you can care for.

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