What do you do with additional hamsters when they start breeding?

Malaysia
February 20, 2007 7:33pm CST
My two Roborovski Hamsters are bought from a local petstore about 5 months ago. A month ago, the female one gave birth to seven cute little hamsters. We bought a new cage to provide a bigger 'home' to the now 9 hamsters. I noticed that the female hamster is now bigger in size, which could be a sign of pregnancy again. I do not want to keep these additional hamsters. What do you usually do with your hamsters when they give birth? I've asked friends - and not many are keen on keeping them. I am not sure if the local petshop will take them if I were to offer it to them for free. Would anyone recommend separating the male & female? I feel that this method seem to be very inhumane...they probably need companionship too! Any other suggestions for me? I'm worried I'm going to have exponential growth!!
7 responses
• United States
21 Feb 07
This is what I think you should do. You shouldn't touch the babies or the mom of the hamsters will eat them and that is not a good feeling for you. What you should do, though, is to seperate both of the hamsters like you said because it has been said on a website that they will breed again within 24 hours! That means you will be crawling with hamsters in a matter of weeks. I wish you the best of luck with the new hamsters and here is a helpful website I found (Scroll down until you find the one about hamster having babies) This is the link I referred to for this. It will help you out. http://hamsterific.com/faq.cfm
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• Malaysia
22 Feb 07
They look so tiny & fragile when born that I don't even dare to clean the cage for 2 weeks. I wouldn't want the mother to eat up the baby hamsters... I did not know that the hamsters is capable of breeding again in 24 hours. I think my female hamster is pregnant again!! She looks bigger than usual. I am not sure if I want to separate my hamsters.. a female cage & a male cage. When I look at them sleeping side-by-side, they seem such good companion to each other. Would it be too cruel to separate them?
• United States
23 Feb 07
Well, if you start getting too many babies, yes. If they stop in about a day or two then you can leave them be. The male can help in the delivery, but might want to breed again. If the breeding is continual, then seperate them. That is not cruel because you might be saving baby hamster lives from dying from not being able to be cared for. do what you must and also my hamster is starting to trust me more so I'm happy. Good luck with the babies.
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• Singapore
27 Feb 07
I used to have 20 hamsters at one time due to the continuous breeding. I have actually two suggestions based on what you think suit you better. 1) If you really love them a lot, and you love a lot of hamsters, you can actualy get those tupperware ("multi-storey" cabinets) to house the hamsters. And you can purchase those tunnels for them so that each storey is linked to the rest. Or if you have a yard, you can let them live on the grass. Just provide the overhead shelter and keep the area clear of cats. This way, you don't need to change the bedding cuz' it's in nature. But you have to fence in all the way below so that the hamsters don't dig and end up outside the cage. 2) Keep them separate before they multiply into too many. I know some pet shops actually will accept in hamsters and give you S$2 credit to buy their stuff. While separating them from young will save you the problem of overcrowding in the future, you must also take note that at times, when hamsters grow big, they might not be able to live in a crowd. So some hamsters would be bullied, while some will initiate fights. And females tend to want isolation more than males.
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• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
Thanks for the advice. I will try to separate them when I can identify their sexes.
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Petshops will buy the hamsters. Sell them those which had grown up already. Petshops get their stocks from raisers like you. Try doing it and you will find that hobbies will yield you some extra income.
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• Malaysia
22 Feb 07
The baby hamsters are currently 1 month old. Wonder what is the best time to separate them from their mother? I know they are no longer milking, though. Seriously, I'm not into breeding, but I just do not know what to do with the additional hamsters that I have now. Anyway, I don't mind giving them away for free if someone is willing to love them like I do. Your suggestion is ideal - I'd probably check with the local petshops to see if they are keen on taking my Roborovski Hamsters. I was at one recently and found that they are selling one Roborovski Hamsters for RM48 ( approximately USD13 )!!
• United States
23 Feb 07
well, as soon as they're about six weeks old, get those boys away from those girls. keep the girls in one cage, the boys in the other, and don't let them fraternize or you will have a population explosion! in my experience, hamsters are cantankerous, although if they are littermates, they may accept roomates.
@the52poet (126)
• United States
21 Sep 08
Are you sure they aren't "tribbles"... (from Star Trek) I used to have the same problem with fish - guppies in particular. The local pet shop became my outlet, and I received a few dollars a month for my promiscuous group of guppies. The owner took the first batch gratis... simply to check the health, possible problems with inbreeding, etc. After that he was happy that I took care of them and they were healthy and so forth, then he began paying. He would even call at times to see if I had any extra when he was running low. You won't get rich, but you can get rid of the ones you don't need.
• Germany
9 Nov 07
I have two male roborovskis and they are good companions, they dont have to be seperated. u could try out that option
• United States
17 Mar 07
Oh my goodness, when my girls first got hamsters we had little hamsters in a few days. LOL I didn't know anything about hamsters and apparently the one my daughter picked out was already expecting. So we had about 13 hamsters. At one point we had close to 24 hamsters. We gave most of them away to their friends from school and we even donating a few to their classrooms at school. It took us a few weks but in the end we found homes for all hamsters. The do reproduce pretty quickly so you really need to separate them all asp. I could never tell male/female so I separated each of them.