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Old 07-22-2021, 05:46 AM   #1
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Default Introducing my two new hams....

Yesterday I brought home my long-awaited new hams. They are both 8 weeks old. The Russian dwarf is a male, named Enigma. He is living up to his name as we have scarcely seen more than the tip of his nose since introducing him to his Forever Home and rather thoughtful. He seems very timid. He stared at me for a good while yesterday as though trying to size me up. The other is a female robo called Holly, very tiny, very curious and exploring her new habitat enthusiastically. She even came out briefly this morning. After the first night, she wheeled so much that her wheel had travelled and turned through 90 degrees, so I will have to find something to weight the base down with. Any ideas? The other problem with the wheel is that every time she stops, she tends to slide off altogether. I'm not sure if this is just because she is so tiny, or whether the wheel maybe needs some adjustment.

They are still settling in, and had a long journey home yesterday across the sea, so I'm not stressing them out by taking any photos yet. They will follow later.
Nice to have hams in the house again!

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Old 07-22-2021, 05:53 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new little companions!
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Old 07-22-2021, 11:01 AM   #3
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What wheel does she have? It is common for youngsters to get a bit wheel obsessed so it can be an idea to just put it in a few times a week at the start, especially in this weather
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Old 07-22-2021, 02:07 PM   #4
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Congratulations! They sound like opposites One shy and one active. You could use a ceramic tile to weigh down a wheel base - under the substrate. A bar mounted wheel would be better maybe - if you have a barred cage.
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Old 07-23-2021, 11:54 AM   #5
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Congratulations to your new hamsters!

When our first Robo Gordon lived in a tank i used a Ferplast guinea pig house (cover the ornamental holes to keep dwarf heads from getting stuck) as a platform for a large shortbread biscuit tin.
I filled the biscuit tin with sand and placed Gordon's wheel in it. He loved the sand and run circuits around the wheel and it ensured a soft landing when he fell off the wheel. The sand also kept the wheel in place.
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:55 AM   #6
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What wheel does she have? It is common for youngsters to get a bit wheel obsessed so it can be an idea to just put it in a few times a week at the start, especially in this weather
It's a freestanding Rosewood Pico wheel. Holly seems to be managing it a bit better just now, and is still free-wheeling the nights away. I don't like to take it out as she's so keen. I always thought the way to a hams heart was through its stomach, but the way to Holly's heart seems to be through her wheel!

As for the weather - well, that's not really a problem in our neck of the woods. It rarely gets above 20 degrees C, so I'm not worried about her overheating.

Thanks, Ria, for your suggestion re the biscuit tin. I will look around the house for suitable containers. If I can't find anything, it's a good excuse to go out and buy shortbread! At the moment, as the wheel travels, it bashes into the sides of the Detolf. For such a little thing, she's surprisingly noisy!
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