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post #1 of 16 Old 10-04-2011, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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I came home this morning to...

5 New born baby Gerbils, Mom and dad are taking turns caring for them in nice clean bedding
So cute
I snapped a few pictures

Daddy is the black one (he's my favorite, and the others know it)
Mamma is the gray one
I love when their cleaning them :)
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-04-2011, 05:15 AM
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Very cute. Congratulations. Will you keep them all?

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-04-2011, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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Very cute. Congratulations. Will you keep them all?

I would love to, but i grew out of my rodent stage a few years back when i was overran with 32 russian dwarfs, and 10 teddy bear hamsters all at the same time,
These guys are actually potential snake food, but not right away, the momma should already be pregnant again, so in 3 weeks ill take dad out and any male babies, and leave the girls with mamma so they can help raise the next babies, then when these current babies and the next babies get old enough, im breeding any and all females to the other 2 male gerbils i have so i can have a supply of food before feeding them to my little girl
With most snakes, once they taste a hamster or gerbil, they will never want a mouse or rat again, So its best i dont run out of a food supply when i start feeding her gerbils
She is still eating mice right now, but in the wild, a ball python doesnt even think mice or rats as food, so why feed her something she wouldnt normally eat?

But i do have a friend that wants one, and one of his friends wants one, lol
I told him i think he has to wait for the next batch since there was only 5 this time


They are so cute though, 2 are dark colored, the other 3 are all pink, so color outcomes on those 3 i have no idea, besides being light colored, Im guessing they were maybe born yesterday, but their so cute
And i know your not suppose to touch rodents babies the first 2 or 3 weeks, but i always have and always will, my hands are in their tank enough for the mom to know im not harming her babies when i take them out lol
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And i know your not suppose to touch rodents babies the first 2 or 3 weeks, but i always have and always will, my hands are in their tank enough for the mom to know im not harming her babies when i take them out lol
when i raised rabbits i handled the babies from the day they were born. a lot of people tell you you shouldn't do that, but i never had a mother reject her babies because of it. i think it is all about your attitude when you do it; if you "feel" safe, they won't care.

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when i raised rabbits i handled the babies from the day they were born. a lot of people tell you you shouldn't do that, but i never had a mother reject her babies because of it. i think it is all about your attitude when you do it; if you "feel" safe, they won't care.

Exactly :). I actually had to hand feed 8 baby rabbits once, the mamma rejected them, and no one had touched them, she just didnt want anything to do with them, she would chew the bord on the door that had the lock so it would fall apart and she could get out, she was a very smart, but wild rabbit, only 1 baby lived though cause we didnt have the proper milk to hand feed them, but that one was the one the neighbor down the street had wanted from the day they were born, so i took him down to those neighbors, and they kept him in the house over the winter, then when summer came around they put him in the rabbit hutch they had outside, and someone came and stole the bunny
If i look around, i probably could find pictures of those babies, they were so pretty, every one was a different color, that was 4 years ago, i was in 8th grade, and it was only me who was taking care of the babies


But ya, it somewhat depends on the mom too, like if its a new mom and they are unsure of everything they could eat them, but i always touch them even if their a new mom lol
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i think it helps if the mom is used to you and used to being handled too. of course, i had one rabbit who would only let you handle her if she had babies. the rest of the time she was rather mean. which is kind of backwards, but she was a little crazy.

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i think it helps if the mom is used to you and used to being handled too. of course, i had one rabbit who would only let you handle her if she had babies. the rest of the time she was rather mean. which is kind of backwards, but she was a little crazy.
lol ya, my rodents always see me and my hands are always in their tank
some rabbits are weird like that, mine was just competly wild all the time, she was a mini lop/ califorian (i know thats spelled wrong lol sorry)
I actually got her for free for my birthday one year, my dad and i were driving down some back road up here and he saw the sign for rabbits, so he turned around and we went and looked, the lady had a bunch of Califorian rabbits, then this black rabbit, so as he is talking to her im looking at this black rabbit, and i asked my dad if we can get her, and the lady said we can have her for free because this is the third time she has come back to her, and she was coyote food later that night if noone wanted her
So happy birthday me with this big black rabbit :) the following summer i got a black/ brown/ and white mini lop
He was the dad to the babies lol
So there was a few multi colors then solids, one was a solid golden color so pretty :)
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sounds fun. i raised them for 4H for years, mostly jersey woolies, my sister had holland lops and my mom got us into Polish. i'm looking forward to getting woolies again.

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sounds fun. i raised them for 4H for years, mostly jersey woolies, my sister had holland lops and my mom got us into Polish. i'm looking forward to getting woolies again.
I should have done 4H in while i was still going to school. We just had them cause my dad grew up raising rabbits for meat, but he liked them as pets

We had mostly mini lops, mini rex, the lop mix mamma, i got a dutch at one point and liked him alot, he was so small and cute
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-05-2011, 08:31 PM
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Awwww they are cute! Gerbils are really good parents...from my experience, a bit easier to breed than mice, and definitely easier than hamsters.
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