How many Babies does a hamster make? – Recognizing a pregnant female hamster is simple, they have very well detailed behaviors, they try to make a cozy nest for the event in a short time and look for more food to be able to grow well.
Below you can find the answers to all the questions that may come to mind about how childbirth and growth take place, but also the attention that we have to have towards children and mothers.
The puppies for each birth are from five to ten, they have particular characteristics that you find all continuing the reading.
The breeding times of a hamster
The life of our small rodents is very short compared to ours, therefore also the reproduction times are clearly different.
First thing you need to know is that from the third month of life the hamsters can reproduce, but be careful because you run a big risk to have them mated soon: the cricetina. inexperienced mother. could eat the little ones in a panic.
The vets advise at least to wait for the sixth month before leaving a couple of hamsters in a cage together.
The female of our animals is fruitful about every 4/7 days and it is one night (we know they are nocturnal animals and therefore it is normal that even the day does not feel like it).
These gestation times are also very short, around 16, maximum 18 days before seeing the young born.
How to notice that a female hamster is pregnant?
If read by men we could say, simply hysterical like women with the cycle, and I say it as a woman!
But apart from the jokes the little one gets very agitated, try to think that in just 15 days she has to build a nest for her and her puppies and get ready to become a mother.
Also physically it changes, the first week nothing is noticed, if not to see it agitated, while in the second and last part of the pregnancy it is possible to see its hips also double, because they are not really on the front the little ones, but they are brought as the closer to the hind legs, as if they were ready to come into the world.
However, from the first day of gestation, our future mommy starts with the construction of the nest, so to see if she is pregnant, it is enough to observe her habits.
She will start looking for bits of paper and everything that can be used to make a nest, keep reading because I also want to give you some advice on how to behave.
As I told you, I don’t have a couple, while my mother loves to see the miracle of life even from little hamsters, so I know how to act.
How many little ones can be born and how do they present themselves to the world?
After the 16 days or so the mother in a very short time gives birth to small hamsters, on average a birth lasts a maximum of a quarter of an hour. As soon as they are born the little ones do not have much in common with their parents, in fact they are hairless and have closed eyes and developed teeth.
For every birth, from five to ten hamsters can be born, they are a maximum of two and a half centimeters long, these pink little creatures may seem fragile and weak, but within 28 days you will see them grow with an impressive speed and after this first month be independent of their parents for everything and much more like them.
Since birth they have a well developed sense of smell and touch, they think that if they move away from the nest by mistake they can only find it by smell and heat. Should they feel any danger they will begin to make an intense peeping that the mother recognizes and runs to their aid.
What should I do when the babies are born to help them?
Nature in itself tends to perfection, even if we think we have to help, there are very few tricks in the first days, also because we can make a mistake and find ourselves doing worse than the normal balance.
Now I’ll explain better what I mean by practical examples.
During the gestation our future hamster mother only needs to find the right material to build her nest, you don’t need to go and put new objects in the cage, you would only increase her agitation, just give her bits of toilet paper and if you want a few leaves and a small branch to build your nest for the birth.
When the babies are born for the first 20 days you absolutely must not touch them, your smell could confuse the mother who risks getting to eat them no longer recognizing the scent of her hamsters.
At the end of the twenty-fifth day of life your intervention is essential, you have to start weaning, share with your parents and also not keep males with females because it is in these days that their fertile life begins but they absolutely must not mate.
For all that concerns your intervention with the little ones you will be able to find a guide for all that is necessary to do, now let’s concentrate on knowing the attentions for the first days of life.
The basic rule is that of not touching the little ones, your smell could confuse the mother who would tend to push them away, or at worst even eat them.
Unfortunately it’s a very fragile balance, so you don’t have to intrude on this particular moment.
Even if your hamster has become a mother with the utmost confidence in you, it has nothing to do with the moment he is living, therefore it is absolutely forbidden to touch the hamster puppies, at least until they are independent of their parents.
As I told you before, if they were to leave the nest, they could go back alone or ask their parents for help.
The hamster mom eats her young, how can I avoid it?
They are not urban legends, the balance between mother and baby of hamster is really very delicate, so I want to summarize the cases in which it may happen that our mother kills small rodents.
Even if it may seem absurd to you, he thinks his mother always does it with protective instincts towards her puppies.
If he kills them and eats them he does it only because there is something that she thinks can make his hamsters feel bad.
1) The first case is that of mother and father blood relatives.
Here she realizes that the little ones could have problems in the future and therefore prefer to eat them and not let them suffer.
For this case there is a really simple solution, you never have to leave small rodent brothers in a cage together and surely you will never have the problem.
2) Another problem is the mother who does not recognize the smell of the little ones.
And here it has nothing natural, it is possible that taken by curiosity you have approached the cage and touched a puppy, they have the skin that absorbs the smells quickly and therefore the small rodents no longer have the smell that recognizes their mother , and consequently she goes into confusion deciding to kill them.
Even if you let another hamster enter during the first days of life, surely the situation that will be created is the certain death of the puppies.
3) The power supply. In this case you can take the situation in hand,
That is, I will explain to you what is necessary for the mother to be able to give everything her babies need to prevent them from eating them thinking they are unable to support her and them.
Mammal animal proteins are necessary, so if you want to see small rodents, the mother’s meal chambers are a must.
You can find them here and make sure that there is a quantity of about half a teaspoon a day for the mother until the babies are weaned.
Let her always find a sunflower seed or two a day and fresh fruit and vegetables every day varying a lot so she will always feel confident that she has everything she needs to grow her babies.
4) A disruption of his habits,
We have also said it before that the hamster mother becomes very anxious, and even a fright for something outside can lead her to think of having to protect her young until she eats them.
So be careful that there are no loud noises, drafts or someone who, taken by curiosity, can get too close to his cage.
He explains to all the people in the house how fragile the balance of this newborn family is, so he forces everyone to leave them alone for the first 28 days of life.
5) The living space too narrow.
If the cage is not big enough to accommodate all the mother thinks of doing something good and then eliminating the “problem” at the root by eating her hamsters.
You have to calculate that within a few days they will begin to turn to their home, so you want to have the space available from the beginning, you can’t take a cage after giving birth, but you have to foresee from the beginning of the couple a house suitable for hosting the family, so avoid low-cost ones, but look at the medium and high cost ones that are larger in our tutorial and a number of plans that our hamster can safely decide how to divide the spaces.
What happens to dad?
We have given a lot of importance to the mother but we must also give a nod to our father who unfortunately must leave the cage to avoid a bad end.
During gestation, the hamster mother decides if her partner can share the road with her or get all the hairs to build the nest and finally even kill him if he doesn’t like his presence.
To avoid dangers my advice is to divide the couple from the first days of gestation, we do not take risks to the poor father.