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Old 12-11-2016, 08:59 PM   #21
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He's a little beauty!
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:33 AM   #22
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Thanks for the comments Cypher, CB and Thin Lizzy

Thought I'd give a little update on Jaska. He's still very skittish and runs away when we walk in the room sadly but he usually comes back now. Think the idea of getting a treat is outweighing the need to run lol. He's very delicate and still so tiny. His paws touch your hands very gently when he is climbing on for a seed, even had him climb up my arm one day and another day he went in my sleeve! Though it didn't take long for him to decide neither was a good idea and he quickly ran back in to the safety of his cage.

We got him one of those festive rolls from rodipet and he loves it. I'll frequently find him looking like a car mechanic under a car with his little back paws flailing around while he gets stuck into nibbling the roll

He doesn't use either of his wheels (he has a traditional upright wheel also along with the saucer one). Not sure if he's maybe not one for wheels. He uses the flying saucer wheel as a plate for his food :P







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Old 01-11-2017, 11:26 PM   #23
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He is such a beautiful little man, I have a real soft spot for black Russians!
I'm glad to hear you're making some progress with him now, it must seem really slow compared to Boris & Pasha but it does sound as though his confidence will gradually increase.
Lucky man having one of those tubes, mine have always loved them too.
I've never had a ham not use the wheel although plenty use them as food bowls or dining tables! so not sure what that's about tbh.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:24 AM   #24
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AWWWWWWWWW he is SOSOSOSOSOSOSOOOOOOOO cute. I've never seen black russians before. I didn't know they existed. He's gorgeous. He reminds me of Blacky but in a tinier version, to die for!!

I hope his confident grows
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:44 AM   #25
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He's a blooming beauty! Some hams take a bit longer gaining confidence but he will with your love and patience.
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:56 AM   #26
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I heard from a few owners or black dwarf owners that they can be harder to tame than the more common colours. Maybe it's genetics.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:05 AM   #27
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I think it's down to the individual tbh CMB, my first ham was a black russian hybrid & was really sweet & tame from the start.
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:52 AM   #28
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Thanks all

Yeah I'm not sure why he won't use his wheels either, they do work so it's not that. He just seems so fragile that I wonder if maybe he finds it too heavy or if he'd prefer one that was enclosed.

It's funny when you say that he's like a mini version of Blacky Hamsterita because when I see Blacky I think he's like Jaska's big brother :P

I'm not really a very patient person Lizzy but when it comes to my little boys I amaze myself at the patience I find for them
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:42 AM   #29
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Somehow it seems I missed this thread - I'm glad I seen this thread now as Jaska is such an adorable and handsome hamster.
It's sounds like his confidence is gradually growing with all your patience and love.
Love his unique use of the flying saucer as a place to put his food - you could try an enclosed wheel it might help him to feel safer.
Lovely photos of Jaska in his bowl.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:09 AM   #30
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It might be worth trying him with an enclosed wheel, Tinwë loves his wheel & clearly sees it as a place of safety when he gets a bit skittish, although if Jaska is small & seems fragile it may be that he's just not up to it & it might be tricky finding an enclosed wheel the right size for him to manage.
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