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Old 04-04-2023, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Accidental Breeding! Need help ASAP

Okay, I have a slight problem. I have several hamsters. Two of which are my long hairs Jaeger(male) and Artemisia(female) aka Artie. Who are the source of my current problem.

Now to be clear, I NEVER wanted to breed any of my hamsters. I know nothing of the subject and have no desire to learn anything about it. Which is why all seven of my hamsters are kept in separate tanks/cages. And I have a strict rule for anyone who visits me: no one is allowed to remove the hamsters from their enclosures but me.

For the most part, people respect this rule. Until someone didn't about a week ago. My cousin came to visit and brought her friend. Who thought it would be so cute to take a picture of the fuzzy hamsters together. So when we weren't looking, the dummy took Artie out of her tank and put her in with Jaeger.

By the time I realized what had happened and separated the two, nature had taken its course. Now I might be expecting a litter. But my issue is that I'm not sure if Artie is pregnant. As I have no idea how long they were in there together or if she was in heat yet.

Which is why I'm here. I know that hamster pregnancies last about three weeks and it's been a week. So with two weeks to go, what are signs I should be on the lookout for? Behavioral, attitude, anything will help.
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Old 04-05-2023, 09:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Accidental Breeding! Need help ASAP

Pregnancy is 16 days in syrians. The female will usually get rounded and pear shaped but this doesn't usually show till around 11-12 days or not at all with small litters. Some females get a bit bitey during pregnancy or they try and escape or nest build. You don't need to really do anything except clean the cage around 12 days and give loads of bedding. Remove any tubes or small enclosed hideouts as these are too small if she decides to have pups in there. The wheel needs removed just before the birth. Don't mess with anything near the nest until the pups yes open and provide lots of good foods. We can advise on that if pups do arrive.
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Old 05-03-2023, 09:18 PM   #3
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I meant to update way before this but work's kept me busy. Just wanted to report that we didn't have a litter. But I have learned my lesson and now keep locks on the females' cages to prevent any unauthorized dates.
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