Baby Dwarf Hamsters
When a dwarf hamster gives birth, she gives birth to a litter averaging five pups (if you plan on breeding dwarf hamsters, make sure to do your research before hand, breeding and birth is a complicated process that should be treated with great care.) Immediately after birth, the dwarf hamsters should be left alone. They are extremely tiny and fragile. If you thought dwarf hamsters were small, wait till you see a newborn baby! They will start to gain color after a couple of days in about a week they’ll begin to grow fur. Shortly after, they’ll start to crawl about. This is when you can start to handle them.
Handling baby dwarf hamsters must be done with a lot of care. Baby dwarf hamsters are very fragile and you must be sure not to hurt them. Also, when you handle them you should only handle them for short intervals of time. Handling baby dwarf hamsters will help tame them. After approximately fourteen days from birth, a baby dwarf hamster will begin to eat solid foods. When the baby dwarf hamster is able to eat and drink on his or her own, the mother will nurse him or her less and less. After about a month, the dwarf hamster should be ready to be move out and into another cage (male and female hamsters should usually be separated).
When adopting a baby dwarf hamster, you don’t want to take him from his mom before he’s ready. Before you can confidently adopt, the baby needs to be at least four weeks old, no younger. As already mentioned, this is the time where they can move out onto their own and no longer need the mother’s help.
If you adopt any hamster younger than this, he just hasn’t been weaned from his mother yet. He’s still drinking her milk for nutrition. Another thing to consider is that there are still “hamster traits” he needs to learn and pickup from his mother.
Speaking of adoption, you also don’t want to adopt a hamster who is older than three months. Preferably you’d like to adopt even before they reach the age of two months. You want to adopt a baby dwarf hamsters, the keyword being baby. One of the reasons for this is that a female hamster is capable of getting pregnant by the time she reaches her “two-month” birthday.
Age also is associated with ease in taming the hamsters. The younger a hamster is, the easier the process of orientation. The older the hamster, the longer it’ll take for him to get used to you.
Hamsters are just like any other animal. Once you bring your new baby home, you’ll need some time to establish a bond with him as well as trust. That’s why your first month with your new pet is the most important. You can go through the process and techniques for getting your dwarf hamster baby to accept you. Also remember to consistently clean the cages during your care of baby dwarf hamsters (unless there are a lot of them) and as always, provide fresh food and water every day.
If you want to learn more about breeding, caring for babies, or how to get your hamster to accept you, sign up for my dwarf hamster mini course below!