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Old 01-07-2020, 08:20 AM   #1
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Hi everyone I own a hybrid dwarf and it's the first hamster I've owned that isn't a Syrian. With syrians I've never had weight related issues but I think my dwarf is a little bit chunkier than he should be? It's also hard to tell as I've never owned them. Maybe he's just grown? He was quite small when I got him...
I was wondering what's the ideal or normal weight for a dwarf hybrid and how do you manage to weigh them?
Also out of curiosity how much food do you feed your hybrids and how often? Right now I'm feeding him food Everytime his bowl is empty he doesn't board strangely enough.
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Old 01-07-2020, 12:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Food & Weight

I don't know the ideal weight range of dwarf hybrids but mine weighs 67g.
Weigh a mug or container then weigh it with the hamster in it, within a secure play pen, box etc in case he jumps out and the difference is the hamster's weight.
Dwarf hybrids tend to look chunky and round and like their food.
I feed mine daily about a heaped teaspoonful and scatter feed most of his food because he enjoys foraging for it. Best avoid fruit and carrots because they can be prone to diabetes. Aside from his hamster mix i feed fresh greens like cucumber, spinach, broccoli etc and mealworms, linseeds, pumkin seeds etc for treats.
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Old 01-07-2020, 12:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Food & Weight

I don't personally own a hybrid, but I've heard that around 40-60 grams is the average weight, though it depends on the age and genetics. As for weighing, I would use a kitchen scale. It helps to put your hamster in a bowl or carrier to keep him still. And with the food, i think what you're doing is fine. I've seen alot of people refilling the dishes only when their hamsters have eaten it all and it seems to work well. the only thing you may want to check is the kind of food you're giving him. Make sure that it has the right amounts of protein, fat, etc.
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Old 01-07-2020, 12:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: Food & Weight

For russian hamsters in general, adult weight should be around 40-60 grams.

I too put the hamster in a carrier and weigh them that way (then weigh the carrier empty. Weight of carrier with hamster - weight of carrier = hamster weight).

I feed my roborovski 10g every 3 days. I don't feed with a bowl, I prefer scatter feeding. Also my ham is pretty chill with me and his hoard so I guess that makes life easier too

I recommend keeping an eye on the hoard, a hamster won't starve themselves and if the hoard is a decent size, you can go a couple of days without adding more food. All hamsters hoard, you just haven't found it yet
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Old 01-07-2020, 11:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: Food & Weight

If your ham was a baby or very young when you got him you will see quite a big change in size over the first few weeks as they do grow quite a bit & fast!
Hybrid weight varies a lot from one to another, anything between around 50-75g is quite normal, they don't tend to become overweight if fed a good healthy diet & have plenty to keep them active & busy.
They do probably only eat about a heaped teaspoon a day but they should always have plenty of food available, enough to eat & some extra to hoard, never leave them without a fresh supply of food.
It's a good idea to weigh ham so you can tell they are maintaining a healthy weight once fully grown but the main purpose really is so you can quickly notice if there are any weight changes that might indicate a health problem.
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