hamsters babies

Philippines
April 6, 2007 11:30pm CST
I hear gross stories about hamsters eating their babies, how can this be prevented? Is it advisable to take the babies away from their mother? Any suggestions or advise?
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• United States
7 Apr 07
Do NOT take the babies away from their mother. They will die from this. The only time a mother will dispose of her babies is if they are ill or, if there were complications with the pregnancy. This really does not happen often at all. If she does Dispose of the babies, it gives her the nutrience she lost back. I know all this sounds gross, but you just gotta let it go, and let them do their thing. But like I said, doesnt happen often at all. But please, never take the babies away from the mother, because if they are okay, they need to nurse.
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
thanks a lot, is it okey to keep the bowl with food at all times to prevent this from happening?
• United States
7 Apr 07
Do you have a female that is pregnant or had babies? Are you trying to get them to have babies? The mother doesnt dispose of the babies because she is hungry, but food ALWAYS needs to be avaliable. No matter what. All day everyday, they should have food. Never do it where you feed them and then take the bowl out, and then feed them agian tommorow. They should always have food and water available to them at all times.
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I agree and disagree with you on this one. You definitely cannot take the babies away from the mother, that would be like taking an infant away from its only food supply. I disagree with the fact that they will only eat their babies if something is wrong with them, I have a hamster that has had a few litters and she has eaten every last one. They were all healthy babies. I do believe as in people there are good and bad mothers. She happens to be a bad one and we don't bother putting the male in with her anymore. I also have another female that got out of her cage and she had some older babies but not yet eating on their own and another female that had babies that were eating on their own(just) and we moved her into the cage with the other females babies. At first she tried to drown them in her water dish but when I took it out she began to nurse them and treat them as her own. I do know that All animals with distroy their young if they are ill but that is not the only reason they do this.
• Singapore
21 Sep 08
No it's not. Hamster babies are dependent on their mother during the first few weeks, so DON'T separate them. However, you should start to separate them when the mother and babies show signs of fighting. Here is a hamster care guide with some information why your hamster eats her own babies : http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/Hamster-Care.183809 Note : There is a higher chance of your hamster eating its babies if the babies were her first litter. It came as a surprise to her, so maybe she wasn't sure what to do. Good luck to you!
@tamzcat (68)
• United States
21 Apr 07
The mother will eat the babies if something is wrong with them and also if you touch the babies. Wait until the babies are running around with all their hair and their eyes are open before trying to handle them.
@kiukitsu (291)
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
It's their nature. It seems merciless but that's how it is. It's just normal for them. That's what the mother thinks best. Just don't touch the babies and don't move their nest and give foods that have a lot of protein. Mothers eat their babies because the baby is too weak and it's best to kill it instead of making it suffer, the mother may lack nutritions that will also affect the other babies so she chooses to sacrifice one to gain nutritions and their are so many reasons that only a mother hamster knows.
• United States
7 Apr 07
I have read about that, too. You are supposed to keep them apart.