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Old 03-22-2014, 07:32 AM   #1
Hanhanboban
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Default Help with my hammy, we've been apart for two weeks!

Hey everyone!

So I've just been away on holiday for two weeks, so my boyfriend was watching my two hammys. Before this I only had them for a week and I had trouble sexing them before eventually realising they where boy and girl and we had to seperate them. I had lots of help from people so thanks for that!

My boyfriend said they seemed happy seperated and are both looking great when I saw them for the first time Thursday.

Our little boy Gizmo was confident from the start and he's great now, he loves the attention and climbing out of his cage. Gimli was shy from the start and didn't like to go near our hands and was very hard to get out. She seemed happier on her own and is running around and on her wheel all the time, he hates coming out of her cage tho and is very shy and scared of us. I'm worried about our little girl, my boyfriend only managed to get her out twice in two weeks and she's very quick too! Whereas the boy was coming out 4-5 times a day.

I'm also worried she might be pregnant, she's still very tiny but I want to prepare just incase, has anyone got any advice for me? If she is pregnant she'll be due by the 31st but her cage and nest needs cleaning out and I don't want to disturb her just incase.

They're both doing great I'm just worried about the behaviour of Gimli as she's completely different to Gizmo and I want her to be ready just incase she is pregnant.

Thanks a lot in advance (:

Hannah xx
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: Help with my hammy, we've been apart for two weeks!

Hello Hanhanboban . If Gimli is pregnant she should have gained some weight. In any case you'll know soon. Her cage does need to be cleaned, just in case she does have a pup or three. Scoot her into a cup or glass jar. Then put her in a travel case or the bathtub (after making sure she can't get down the drain ). If she is a shy little girl and is wary of being held, that's okay. She may require far more time to tame, and some hams just prefer not to come out of their cages. Also, if she is pregnant, that could make her even more wary of you. I'd let her be until after the due date. If there are no pups, then you can start slowly taming her. I'd really try the tub taming method because it gives her the ability to go near you, or not, as she wants to. I find this method the best, although this is my opinion based on my own experience.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: Help with my hammy, we've been apart for two weeks!

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Hello Hanhanboban . If Gimli is pregnant she should have gained some weight. In any case you'll know soon. Her cage does need to be cleaned, just in case she does have a pup or three. Scoot her into a cup or glass jar. Then put her in a travel case or the bathtub (after making sure she can't get down the drain ). If she is a shy little girl and is wary of being held, that's okay. She may require far more time to tame, and some hams just prefer not to come out of their cages. Also, if she is pregnant, that could make her even more wary of you. I'd let her be until after the due date. If there are no pups, then you can start slowly taming her. I'd really try the tub taming method because it gives her the ability to go near you, or not, as she wants to. I find this method the best, although this is my opinion based on my own experience.
^ Agree completely!

The tub method is great, but I'd leave her until the 3rd or so, to be sure

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Old 03-23-2014, 02:22 PM   #4
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Default Re: Help with my hammy, we've been apart for two weeks!

Thanks a lot for the replies! We've now cleaned the cage out and she seems happy! My boyfriend managed to hold her too and she wasn't trying to run away, although she was having a walk around his hand and arm so that's good (:

We think we should've weighed her at the start to keep track of her weight gain but we never did, we just weighed her now and she weighs 23g, she's very tiny! She's very energetic too and she runs on her wheel all night, would a pregnant hammy do this?

Thanks (:

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Old 04-02-2014, 06:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: Help with my hammy, we've been apart for two weeks!

Is she gathering stuff to make a 'nest'? A pregnant female isn't friendly because she is protecting the lives inside her so I'd say no since your boyfriend held her without.... Being bit. But I'd stay safe and wait.
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