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Old 10-10-2021, 01:49 PM   #1
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Evening all!

As some of you know Iím trying to get a new hamster from a breeder this time but I was having difficulty as they were all so far!

I just found out about pet couriers and I know theyíll reply tomorrow but Iím really apprehensive! Has anyone used these before?

I just want to know how much it might cost for 150mile journey?

Also, just out of curiosity whatís the most youíve ever spent on getting a hamster? Someone recommended me a Glasgow breeder who charges £80-£100 for a courier service and wondered what the most people would spend to get a hamster.
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Old 10-11-2021, 08:57 AM   #2
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It's not something that's commonly used really. Breeders may know more about it. That's quite a long journey for a hamster. But doable. I have picked a hamster up from 2 hours journey away before - either in the car with me or on the train. The downside I can see is there's no "personal" handover from one home to the next - ie from the previous owner to the new one. But maybe that doesn't really matter once the hamster has had a couple of weeks to settle. £100 is a lot - but then a trainfare that distance could cost that much too.

If the breeder is ok with it then it's a possibility - but I would only do it if it's a genuine breeder who is registered with the National Hamster Council.

This is the list of NHC breeders in the North

There is Amberhill Hamstery in Glasgow

Club Breeders – Northern Hamster Club

I would think as long as they are in a pet carrier and this is secured correctly - and presumably the breeder would ensure this and only use a suitable pet couriet - it is basically just a journey. But it would need to be just for the hamster - not other pets being transported at the same time - that would be too stressful for a hamster.

Ideally though, it would be better if you could visit and have a kind of "handover" of the hamster when collecting (or the breeder dropping off) as presumably it's a baby hamster. You're in Essex area aren't you? Reckon it would be more than 150 mile journey. It's about 200 miles from York to London. It would be best part of a day's journey probably - that's still doable as they do tend to sleep during the day.
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:17 AM   #3
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If that doesn't work out, check out Happy Hamsters rescue. They have branches all over the country. The nearest to you is probably in the Midlands I think but I am sure they would either deliver or meet you part way. If you message them they can tell you what Syrians are available nearest to you

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Old 10-11-2021, 09:22 AM   #4
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The cheapest Iíve found now is £60 for two and a half hours away. They said even if I met them half way £60 is the minimum charge. The hamster itself would cost £15 so £75 in total. I want a healthy hammie, but that sort of money could buy a brand new cage!

I have found one FINALLY on preloved near me. Absolutely perfect, Iíve paid a fiver just to message them and itís been seven hours and Iím absolutely dying over here wondering if theyíve sold her, or if theyíre at work.

This anticipation is killing me, itís a little girl, 3 months old and getting no attention from the family.

Iím just praying this works out because Iím lost again if this falls through. 100 people have seen it, but I messaged when only 15 people had. So hopefully they treat it as first come first serve and I might have a chance!
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Old 10-11-2021, 01:50 PM   #5
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I just had a look at the hamster. A hamster called Nibbles? Lovely girl.
Just because a lot of people looked at the hamster doesn't mean that people want to adopt her and you got in there early. Fingers crossed.

No reason why your next hamster shouldn't be fine, with or without a pedigree.

I've lost one at only 10 months not long ago which was a shock and not something one would expect. She was so full of spirit but her life was cut short by an illness.

You've updated your hamster care knowledge in the meantime and now know that kapok, fluffy bedding, hamster balls etc are dangerous things and best avoided.

You'll never know the reason why your beloved hamster had to leave so soon but i'm glad that you are ready to give another hamster the chance of a loving forever home.
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Old 10-11-2021, 05:24 PM   #6
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The cheapest Iíve found now is £60 for two and a half hours away. They said even if I met them half way £60 is the minimum charge. The hamster itself would cost £15 so £75 in total. I want a healthy hammie, but that sort of money could buy a brand new cage!

I have found one FINALLY on preloved near me. Absolutely perfect, Iíve paid a fiver just to message them and itís been seven hours and Iím absolutely dying over here wondering if theyíve sold her, or if theyíre at work.

This anticipation is killing me, itís a little girl, 3 months old and getting no attention from the family.

Iím just praying this works out because Iím lost again if this falls through. 100 people have seen it, but I messaged when only 15 people had. So hopefully they treat it as first come first serve and I might have a chance!
Fingers crossed. I had no idea you had to pay to send a message on preloved!
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Old 10-12-2021, 12:58 AM   #7
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I only had to pay because it was a new ad. Anything under twelve days old you have to pay for a membership to message. I had the same with my partners cat and that was an interesting day getting her!

Yes it is Nibbles! And I can confirm I am collecting her today.

I did get a suitable cage off of Facebook the other day based on what youíve said. (You wouldnít believe my luck, after getting a basic correct sized one BOTH an Alaska and a savic plaza came on the next day near my location!). I am also selling daf dafs cage today which is heart breaking, but I keep telling myself I canít keep a cage as a memento of her 😅

I asked the woman to have her without the setup (as Iíd now bought the setup) and she said £15 just for nibbles so I thought Iíll just get it all for £30 as it is a savic plaza. So now I have to sell the cage I got the other day plus any duplicate equipment 😂 but this way nibbles keeps her home.

I am a little worried, on one part. It says sheís not had much attention and every picture is of her inside the cage which tells me sheís not been handled a lot. I hope sheís called nibbles for what she does to food and not hands! Of course even if she does bite I know this is a handling problem, any advice on best way to approach?

I know eating food out of hand helps, and scenting my hand with the bedding. Daf daf never bit us once (except when I heard she had a nightmare and I loved comforting her so I shoved my hand in maybe a bit too soon!) my smaller breeds did at first, but they came to pretty quickly. To be honest my main worry is having a screaming hamster, as my first (Russian dwarf) screamed when we got her if we went near her 😂 that terrified me!

I had also gone on some waiting lists for breeders but the courier turned out to be more than I thought so I was worried. But I was happy knowing I probably had a month to process things. I saw nibbles though and sheís very close, still young, right reason. I didnít want to miss the opportunity.

Iíll be honest though, I did cry ast night as it is all overwhelming. I hope daf daf in heaven doesnít see this and think Iím replacing her because (sorry nibbles!) daf daf was so gorgeous and lovely nothing could come close to replacing her. I guess Iím also worried if nibbles does the same things daf daf did, would it upset me or make me laugh like with daf daf? I just really do want to give nibbles the best life and I love having a hamster in my routine. I feel really discoordinated at the moment and Iím excited but nervous.

Anyway, Iím getting her this evening so no picture today as I want to make sure she settles a bit first. I might also think of a new name but nibbles is starting to grow on me 😅 Thank you for all everyoneís help! Hopefully Iíll have some updates soon ☺️
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Old 10-12-2021, 01:03 AM   #8
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Oh and the reason Iím adopting, or buying from breeders is because I read something someone said on here I think. It was very true.

When you adopt a hamster whoís isnít getting much love. You know no matter what, itís going to have a better life than what it was having. So if it ends up passing away through unknown reasons you can rest easier knowing you gave it a better life than it was having.

Of course Iíd like a bred hamster that is fully healthy, but even if nibbles was from the pet shop, Iím not supporting pet shops by doing this, and Iím giving her a better life too.
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Old 10-12-2021, 02:02 AM   #9
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I am so happy for you and Nibbles!

Best thing to do is to let her settle in and get used to her new environment including her new human companions.
Don't rush her to make contact and just talk to her at first so she gets to know you.

That's what i did with a rescue Syrian who was described as a hamster who bit and attacked everybody. There was nothing wrong with the hamster, only the humans. I didn't touch him for the first couple of weeks but talked to him and then started to stroke him while he was busy eating. Took it slowly and Rodney turned out to be a lovely hamster who ended up staying for good. Our bond grew too strong to part.

You have a lot of people here to share with and who will help you with any questions or worries you may have in the future.

Like you i struggled when Henry our first hamster died so i framed his photo and put it on the wall over his cage. I didn't sell his cage and moved the rescue hamster in it. My departed hamster now watches over the hamster living in the habitat he was so happy in so he's still very much around.

Henry is the grey hamster in my avatar. You will never stop missing Daf Daf and the sadness never goes but a new hamster who needs you so much will help you through this.
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Old 10-12-2021, 03:09 AM   #10
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Thank you so much!

Iím excited but very nervous. Itís good to hear though that you felt the same doing this. Makes me feel less alone this forum.

Thank you for the advice, I know they normally say with a new hamster after bringing home leave for a couple of days but like you say, I wasnít sure as she was a rescue if they need more time. Iíll try what you say and for now only talk to her so she gets used to my voice.

The only reason Iím selling daf dafs cage is because itís slightly on the small size and tall. I always wanted to replace it but never got around to it so new hammie gets everything prepared. I feel so guilty though because daf daf wouldíve loved it!

I have got some pictures up around the house now of daf daf, and Iíve kept her home and wooden car as they were here favourite things. I hope daf daf understands and like Henry for you, I hope daf daf will watch over nibbles.

Henry is very cute by the way! I think they would understand what we do. I hate it because itís another Ďhamsterí it feels like youíre replacing them. But I keep saying to my partner, no two hamsters Iíve had has ever been the same, i feel in my mind itís like losing a friend, and youíre just doing whatís natural which is making a new friend. Not to replace, but rather to have the support and bond, do you understand what I'm trying to say?

I do wish she was still alive, but sheís gone and thereís nothing I can do to bring her back. I always said if ever she got ill Iíd pay thousands to make her better and it happened so quick I never even got the chance.

Hopefully though, even if nibbles has anything underlying, Iíve learnt from daf daf that these things can sometimes just happen and itís about the life you did give them. And she was so loved and spoilt rotten. The amount of times my family told me the things I did for her was excessive 😂 Iím happy I did do all of that now.

She even came for a short holiday with us once when we had a burst pipe and had to be relocated. She actually loved it! Iím just happy I did do all I could with her.

Sorry, Iím feeling very melancholy today so Iím blabbering 😂 just a lot of emotions I guess?
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