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I shit you not. I bought the two dwarf hamsters from Pets at Home thinking they were brothers. The staff sexed them before I bought them and confirmed that they were both male.

I live with 9 other students and we keep the hamsters in the living room beneath the tv, so we were aware that one of the hamsters, Maurice, the bigger of the two brothers, was putting on a lot of weight. We also heard frantic squeeking coming from their hamster house so we presumed they were either gay and casually humping or were fighting in their nest.

It had been a week since their last go in the balls so I picked one out of the hamster wheel and placed it in one of the hamster balls. I couldn't see the other one so lifted the lid off the hamster house and saw 3 faces looking up at me!

"THERE ARE BABIES!"

I was the first thing they saw in daylight! One of them began to explore the hamster cage and the other, quite naturally, stayed in the nest. The two brothers that were both sexed as male have managed to produce offspring!

What should I do!?

I plan to take them to a vet, make sure they're okay, look for advice on perhaps separating the two "male" hamsters so they don't procreate again. I'll admit it's nice having a small hamster empire but I wasn't planning on a national hamster breeding operation when I, at Pets at Home, specifically asked for two males so they wouldn't breed!

I then plan to go into the pet shop with the adoption certificates stating that they were both male and demand a free cage for the male (Cyril) so he doesn't kill the 'babies' (given the amount of fur I expect they're a week or more old) and doesn't shag Maurice again.

Pics or it didn't happen? It did








look how small it is compared to the hamster wheel! he's perhaps two inches long (the adult dwarf hamster is about four inches)






Any other advice? I also don't want to handle them early on because the smell of me on the offspring could deter the parents from them.
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Take photos and put them on the internet.
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Sure those aren't your normal, male hamsters that have tapped into the secrets of the fountain of youth?
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#6
Obviously the "staff" have no experience at "sexting".
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#8
I used to have those mini hamsters, they're so small the pet shop probably just guessed what sex they were.
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The same thing happened to my cousin, but with rabbits. Me thinks that pet store workers don't know how to determine the sexes of animals.
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My sister's hamster had babies once. It bit their heads off one day. True story.
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the staff sexed them


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Any other advice? I also don't want to handle them early on because the smell of me on the offspring could deter the parents from them.

The gay parents adopted. I don't think that will be an issue.
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Newsflash: One of them was female.


Thanks Sherlock... but the point was I bought them as two males specifically so they wouldn't breed, and I leave them alone for a week and babies hamsters have appeared.

Does my local pet shop need to give me some money or something? Compensation? Vouchers? I'd settle for letting me slap the member of staff who looked between their legs in the first place. They should have been sexed when they were born, when the pet shop aquired them and when they sold them to me. Apparently it was done wrong three times by, I guess, three different people.
#23
lol congratulations on becoming a grandparent!

Don't forget to ask the vet if they can sex the babies, and how long you can leave them with their mom if they are boys - you don't want them to make her pregnant again lol

The vet should be able to tell you how soon you can safely handle them too - might be worth a phone call to find that one out

Edit: If you've got evidence the shop said they were both males I reckon they should at least give you a free cage, or even 2 depending on whether you can keep the babies with the parents when they grow up. They might just offer to take them off you tho so you better be prepared for a ... discussion.
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Don't forget to ask the vet if they can sex the babies, and how long you can leave them with their mom if they are boys - you don't want them to make her pregnant again lol

The vet should be able to tell you how soon you can safely handle them too - might be worth a phone call to find that one out



Thanks, good post. I know I can't handle them within the first two weeks of them being born, but the problem is I'm not sure exactly when they were born! I completely missed the naked, blind and deaf baby hamster stage. One of them's scurrying about already!

I've been doing a bit of research and stumbled across this worrying statement:

With all dwarfs, there is always the possibility that the pair will mate again within a period as short as 24 hours after giving birth to a litter.

found here: http://www.hamsterific.com/BreedingDwarfs.cfm
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You sir are like a hamster god.
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The gay parents adopted. I don't think that will be an issue.

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maybe they were both females?
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#40
grind them and feed them back to the hamsters for nutrients
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