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Old 05-08-2017, 01:22 AM   #1
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I thought I'd start Newt's thread rather than update on the "Meet Newt" thread

So Newt (also known as Newton, Newtie, Newtie Pootie, Newtus Hamsterus and Custard's Victor) was born on 24th March 2017 and is one of Souffle's Halluperts litter. He came home with us on Saturday 6th May and enjoyed exploring his cage.

We've ended up calling him Newtie when we talk to him.



He is currently adjusting and settling in. After exploring the cage he went into the house and started digging next to the potty and disappeared, kicking the Fitch out behind him.



He went a bit headless chicken later on the first evening, climbing bars and running around a lot, then got scared by a noise and buried himself in a corner of the cage. Normally I would leave him alone to settle in for 2 or 3 days but was advised to keep handling him a bit every day as he had been used to and he seemed to want to come out.

He had a bit of time in the playpen with me and checked out the wheel a little bit. He is just using the wheel occasionally in the playpen at first until he's grown a bit. He then settled down in the cage, ate some broccoli and disappeared down the hole in the top of his house.



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Old 05-08-2017, 01:24 AM   #2
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Yesterday we waited patiently to see him. I put his food and veg out around 6.30pm with a bit of cage noise so he knew it was feeding time. And checked out where he might be nesting. Both rooms in his house were filled to the top with Fitch.





I carefully moved some away to see if he was nesting in there, uncovered the potty and found this



A large tunnel going down under the house next to the potty, so no idea where he is nesting lol.

He appeared in the hole at the top of the house sat and looked and listened to me for a few minutes then disappeared again.

Later in the evening he was out and about in the cage, using his water bottle and seemed a bit calmer.



He went a bit headless chicken again later on - lots of climbing and running around and wanted to come out again, so he went in the playpen again and sat for a stroke at one point, then had a bit of scrambled egg.

This morning he seems to have taken his water bottle out of its holder and somehow moved it down to the floor of the cage, on it's side on top of the rainbow bridge! Which is some distance away. Maybe he wants it there lol. I've put it back in the holder.

The ceramic potty was balancing rather precariously and I don't want it to fall on him so have moved it to the other side of the house. It's the only thing in the cage that wasn't supported underneath

He seems to like carrot, broccoli, cheese, egg, millet and a raisin, but ignored a piece of walnut left out.
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:28 AM   #3
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Really excited for this thread, I can tell Newt is going to be a little character. He is so gorgeous! I love the pictures of im with his broccoli. I am quite jealous of you getting to stoke him How is he with being held? I imagine he is already completely tame, seeing as Souffle raised him.
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Lovely to hear how Newt is getting on, he sounds like quite the character He must be thinking about going in to engineering when he's older with that impressive tunnel he has made under his house

He has a lot of fitch in his house, Boris's house is like that too. I often wonder how he manages to get from one room to the next but he does
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:36 AM   #5
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I think I have a bit too much Fitch in lol. Anyway it's done now - he seems to like it and it lowers the height from the roof.

Yes he has been hand tamed from birth, but he has had a big change of environment and left his family behind so he's bound to be a bit headless chicken for a few days. He has moments of being calm. I think he still needs to get used to me/us and our scent to be fully tame with me, but he did sit in my hand for about two minutes last night! Before whizzing around at 90 miles an hour again. He had a very good sniff of me and of the holes in the wheel in the playpen. He hops in and out and uses it a little bit, and stops to sniff the edges of the holes now and then as if he's working out how many there are and where they are

I tried doing the arm in the cage for him to walk up but it seems he has decided not to do that any more lol. Maybe it's because it's a different arm Or because the other hammies aren't there, so he's getting more independent.
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Wow, amazing that he will already sit on you for that long without food bribery. Souffle did a wonderful job! Ah you are very lucky
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Yes it is lovely that he is used to people, and isn't scared of us and he relaxes a bit when stroked - he's too fast to hold for long right now I know how frustrating it can be to wait to hold them - it took us 2 months of bathtub taming before we could pick Charlie up!
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Stop it, or if you aren’t carefull someone* will come steal him!

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Old 05-08-2017, 02:44 AM   #9
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I'm glad to hear he is doing well. They are busy bees when they get going. I was going to say I think he has too much substrate so is hiding more than you would really want him to. It may be an idea to remove and bag some up for later just so he doesn't bury himself all the time. Keep doing lots of the hand to hand running making your hands a little tunnel. Remember he is still a little toddler and they do like to have crazy half hours! He won't be like an older settled hammie at the moment. Be very confident and just pick him up like I showed you. None of this litter have ever nipped and they have been handled from when their eyes were open at 15 days so they are used to it. His brothers and sisters all all doing very well too and I have updates and they are all coming out and being handled happily too Looking forward to lots of updates.
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Thank you Souffle! Yes he is quite easy to pick up - when he is not rushing around lol. He lets me pick him up when he's in the cage and when he is sitting still in the playpen. Been doing the hand to hand tunnel too He does like his back being stroked and gets all chilled then. Yes removing a bit of substrate is a good idea - if he nests where I can't spot clean easily it could be tricky. I think he is just under the house on the other side of it. He does seem to like digging a lot and seems quite confident out and about in the cage. He's lovely and very active
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