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Old 06-25-2019, 10:59 PM   #1
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I went to 5 petshops last night...Iím so slow on the uptake...going at 9pm and I will go after 10pm when going to pick my hamster is so the way to go. They were all so busy and active which makes sense...itís night time! I was on the hunt for a big enough wheel to use while waiting for mine to arrive via online. It could only arrive end of July...the agony! Anyways, there were only two petshops that had hamsters. The one had hamsters in mass with stunning colors etc. the other had only two - the one looked sick and the other looked like it had been in a fight but was healthy looking and active. It sat in my hand so calmly and even stood on its hind legs to say hi. Shame, itís ears were full of bites. It broke my heart! It was cream and white. The other hamsters in mass were stunning - black, grey, brown, cream, white - all the colours and patterns under the sun. The only thing that worried me was that some of the hamsters with slightly longer fur seemed to look a little greasy on the edges. What does this mean? There was one wire wheel for 30 hamsters and the food they are being fed isnít nutritionally adequate for them - Vitakraft menu - full of corn filler with low protein. If a I chose a hamster from the hamsters in mass would my hamsters coat come right?
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Old 06-26-2019, 02:16 AM   #2
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Maybe the grease is from their scent glands? Henry looks a bit greasy sometimes but sorts himself out quickly with lots of washing.
Are you going to get a male or female? If you get a female, i'd have a very good look to rule out pregnancy, with 30 hamsters in one cage....
Do you keep thinking about the one with the bitten ears because it sat in your hand and looked at you? Bitten ears woudn't worry me appearance wise but you don't know what other injuries the hamster may have.
Did you find a temporary wheel or flying saucer?
You are not the only one who has to wait impatiently. I am too. Can't wait to see photos of your hamster and cage set up. It is possible to make a flying saucer out of a round baking tin according to youtube. You may even get away with a smaller wheel while the hamster is a baby. Henry is on his fourth wheel and one flying saucer. Two wheels and the flying saucer he outgrew and one wheel he didn't like.
Of course its best to wait but end of July!!
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:12 AM   #3
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Maybe the grease is from their scent glands? Henry looks a bit greasy sometimes but sorts himself out quickly with lots of washing.
Are you going to get a male or female? If you get a female, i'd have a very good look to rule out pregnancy, with 30 hamsters in one cage....
Do you keep thinking about the one with the bitten ears because it sat in your hand and looked at you? Bitten ears woudn't worry me appearance wise but you don't know what other injuries the hamster may have.
Did you find a temporary wheel or flying saucer?
You are not the only one who has to wait impatiently. I am too. Can't wait to see photos of your hamster and cage set up. It is possible to make a flying saucer out of a round baking tin according to youtube. You may even get away with a smaller wheel while the hamster is a baby. Henry is on his fourth wheel and one flying saucer. Two wheels and the flying saucer he outgrew and one wheel he didn't like.
Of course its best to wait but end of July!!
It was tough walking away from that poor soul sharing a cage with itís bitten ears - when a I put it down it went straight for the glass trying to get out.. I hope that is the case with their coats. Some had and some didnít. I was just worried they were sick or something. Some of the hamsters had smooth short coats while others had slightly longer and those were the ones with a greasy look. Grief...what happens if the guy at the store canít tell me what sex the hamsters are? How can you tell if a female is pregnant? My common sense is telling me that the two glass tank areas housing the hamsters in mass are divided into male and female - I hope! I will keel over if my hamster pops babies. I should have asked...silly me!

These hamsters are all over 3 months. I also received an email saying they want to add 252pounds/320USD to my order if I wanted the megazorb In mass so ordered Fitch and smaller bag megazorb which will only arrive 20 July so itís all about the waiting...too much for my brain! Im bursting to get everything. Will open a thread when my haul arrives.
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:57 AM   #4
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Long coated hammies do get messy and tatty looking when they are in the nest with their siblings so it will be because they are in such a large group and all crawling over each other and the coat will come fine once the hamster is on it's own. With such a large group I would suggest a male!
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Old 06-26-2019, 05:10 AM   #5
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Long coated hammies do get messy and tatty looking when they are in the nest with their siblings so it will be because they are in such a large group and all crawling over each other and the coat will come fine once the hamster is on it's own. With such a large group I would suggest a male!
Thanks Souffle - ok, do you have a website that you recommend that explains how to sex a hamster? I am wanting to be able to leave the pet shop knowing that I have made sure Iím taking a male home. Iím relieved to hear the coat will improve when I bring the hamster home.

Can you brush a long haired Syrian - they arenít as long as the teddy bears but there is some length? Meaning is it common practice to groom them? I know toothbrushes are used on teddy bears.
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Old 06-26-2019, 06:05 AM   #6
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At three months old it shouldn't be difficult to sex hamsters. In relation to their overall size hamster boys sport quite a large set of balls. I'll try and post a photo of Henry's tonight but i'll tell him that i'm just doing a health check. I'd definitely get a male to be on the safe side.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:43 AM   #7
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Funnily enough I was reading this article on sexing yesterday! Sexing Hamsters ‚ÄĘ Hamsterific!

Yes if they have something hanging out at the back end = male

Oh that is an idea you could look on youtube how to make a wheel- some look quite easy and you sound like you know what you are doing craft/DIY wise

and yes you are not the only one waiting impatiently as Ria P also says - me too - i can't wait to see what little hammy ends up being part of your family.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:04 AM   #8
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At three months old it shouldn't be difficult to sex hamsters. In relation to their overall size hamster boys sport quite a large set of balls. I'll try and post a photo of Henry's tonight but i'll tell him that i'm just doing a health check. I'd definitely get a male to be on the safe side.
Hahahahaha...please tell Henry that itís for a good cause. The cause of me not keeling over is in his....photo....🙃🙃🙃
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:07 AM   #9
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Funnily enough I was reading this article on sexing yesterday! Sexing Hamsters ‚ÄĘ Hamsterific!

Yes if they have something hanging out at the back end = male

Oh that is an idea you could look on youtube how to make a wheel- some look quite easy and you sound like you know what you are doing craft/DIY wise

and yes you are not the only one waiting impatiently as Ria P also says - me too - i can't wait to see what little hammy ends up being part of your family.
Youíre a star! Thanks so so much! Between Henryís photo and that website Iím good to go. I wish that we all could just zoom to the pet shop and all be there to stand in front of that glass area and choose together. But a I know the force is with me😀😀. Will see what DIY I can conjure up if the bedding arrives earlier. Will look at the website and make sure I have an idea of whatís potting.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:28 AM   #10
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Hi there, I have been following your exciting journey towards getting your hammy. I too strongly suggest a male Syrian. If you go to the Forum and then Syrian Hamster, look for my thread on my boy 'Maestro is here!' A quick scroll through his thread will show you a number of photos of his boy bits so you get the idea! Sorry I don't know how to put a link into this post.
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