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Old 03-31-2020, 01:18 AM   #11
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I have! He'll try and get close but then changes his mind and backs away again. It's okay though, just needs time.
Exactly. With time and patience he'll become more confident. You can do the tissue trick in the meantime so he becomes familiar with your scent. Put a tissue up your sleeve for a few hours then tear it into strips and leave in his cage. They like plain white toilet paper for nesting material.
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Old 03-31-2020, 01:59 AM   #12
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He is so cute it's really hard to not sit in front of his cage and watch him for hours on end. Right now I'm trying to give him his space so he can get adjusted but I can't wait till I can hold him
Haha I know what you mean!
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:51 AM   #13
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Exactly. With time and patience he'll become more confident. You can do the tissue trick in the meantime so he becomes familiar with your scent. Put a tissue up your sleeve for a few hours then tear it into strips and leave in his cage. They like plain white toilet paper for nesting material.
Also have done that! I just accidentally woke him up because I was quietly trying to fill the sand bath with fresh sand and I moved something out of the way and to my surprise he was sleeping behind that. I thought he was on the other side of the cage, burrowed in substrate, but instead he had made his home elsewhere. He just stared at me like "what'd you wake me up for..?"
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Old 03-31-2020, 01:54 PM   #14
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Update! Sock is warming up to me and he took treats from my hand twice. He even sat on my hand for a second before scurrying off. He also did what I call a "test bite" which is where a new hamster bites your finger or hand to kind of test if it's edible or something to chew on. Sock bit me twice but both times he was very unsure about it and quickly moved away when I pulled my hand away.

He seems very sweet and I'm glad the breeder already tamed him a bit because he's not skittish at all. I got some photos and a video:

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Old 04-05-2020, 12:09 PM   #15
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Lil progress update! Just now Sock sat on my hand as he took the treat and also stayed seated while eating. After that he climbed up on my hand a little further and I was able to lift him up and out of the cage for a few seconds before putting him back.

He's such a nice and gentle ham. He spends almost all of his time in his wheel and it's his favourite thing it seems. He's still a little skittish but that's fine. He's young and this environment is still somewhat new.
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:53 PM   #16
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That's lovely that he's already starting to trust you. He's such a little cutie.
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Old 04-15-2020, 01:02 PM   #17
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Little Sock update! He's getting more used to me and is less skittish (but still jumps from time to time). He sat on my hand a few times and I managed to lift him up carefully. But when I lift him you can pinpoint the moment where he thinks "wait..? WHAT'S HAPPENING" and then he either jumps off (I lift him low to the ground) or I put him back. He keeps trying to nibble the tips of my fingers but it's very slow, so like I can see him attempt to nibble and slowly pull my finger away before he can actually do it. After a few times he then goes for the actual snack on my hand, so I don't think he wants to actually bite me because he wants to hurt me. I guess he's curious maybe?

He did attempt to bite the bars of his cage just now when I sat in front of it but when I then stuck my hand inside to lift him he just went back to running in his wheel (which he does most of the time he's awake). I'm getting the feeling that he expects the breeder to lift him out of the cage and when it's me he's like "no not you lol the other one". Probably isn't the case but it feels like he's not sure yet if he can fully trust me, like he's wondering who I am if that makes sense?

Anyway, he's a happy healthy ham from what I can tell and I'll continue to bond with him!
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Old 04-15-2020, 05:20 PM   #18
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Thank you for the updates on Sock, he is such a lovely looking little ham and seems to have a sweet nature too!

Does he have a favourite toy?
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Old 04-15-2020, 11:30 PM   #19
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Thank you for the updates on Sock, he is such a lovely looking little ham and seems to have a sweet nature too!

Does he have a favourite toy?
He's only really interested in his wheel it seems, I haven't seen him do much else while I'm awake, but who knows what he does when I'm asleep
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Old 04-16-2020, 03:50 AM   #20
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Wow, he's a beautiful little boy. I know what you mean about the nibbling; Cadmium was the same - have you tried rubbing his substrate on your hands before you try to handle him? I found that helped with her
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