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Update and Available Gerbils as of 7/18/14

Sorry for being so slack in the updates! Hopefully you follow The Happy Gerbil’s Facebook page, I’ve been much better at updated that since I can access it from my phone.

Due to a lack of gerbil adopters, I’ve decided to stop breeding.

However, there are two litters who will be available August 10th & 22nd, and two more after that.

August 10th Litter:

Parents: Amy & Rory

1 Black (girl)

1 Mottled Agouti (girl)

1 Sp. Siamese (boy)

2 Pied Black (girl & boy)

2 Sp. Agouti (boys)

August 22nd Litter:

Parents: Henry & Clara

(Colors & genders not assured yet)

1 Sp. Burmese (boy)

1 PEW (Pink Eyed White, girl)

2 Lilac (girls)

1 Sp. Burmese (girl)

1 Sp. Black (girl)

 

Contact me for more info!

And now please enjoy an assortment of cute gerbily photos!

Henry with his pups

Henry with his pups

The Doctor's son, and the Doctor looking on in the background

The Doctor’s son, and the Doctor looking on in the background

Stormy

Stormy

Alfie & The Doctor

Alfie & The Doctor

Rory has taken his weight loss regime seriously! ;)

Rory has taken his weight loss regime seriously! ;)

After the Doctor lost his precious mate River Song, I have decided to keep his last two sons, both look much like their mom. After much deliberation, I’ve decided to name them after yet another Doctor Who character! Alfie, known to himself as Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All, is a baby in an episode of Doctor Who. Cutest little kid. These two gerbils look almost identical, so they are now named after this adorable baby. Alfie & Stormy! :)

 

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Available Gerbils as of 7/7/14

Quick list of gerbils that are currently looking for homes!

 

Females: 

Spotted Siamese Sub Adult (Light creamy brown with white markings and a dark tale. Very friendly)

Spotted Dove Sub Adult (Ruby eyes, light dove gray, white markings. Very friendly)

Spotted Agouti Sub Adult (Dark brown w/Black ticked fur, white markings. Very friendly)

Agouti Sub Adult (Dark brown w/Black ticked fur. Friendly, slightly skittish, needs to get to know you before she trusts)

Agouti Six week old (Dark brown w/Black ticked fur. Runt, very friendly.)

Polar Fox Six week old (White w/Dark Grey ticked fur and a dark tale. Very friendly)

Males:

Spotted Siamese Sub Adult (Light creamy brown with white markings and a dark tale. Very friendly)

Mottled Black Six week old (Black with white markings. Friendly.)

Spotted Siamese Six week old (Light creamy brown with white markings and a dark tale. Very friendly)

Agouti Six week old (Dark brown w/black ticked fur. Friendly.)

 

Please contact me for details and pictures! Need to find homes for these babies asap! :)

The difference between “friendly” and “very friendly” is just how quickly they are to approach you and hop into your hand. Some of my Agouti’s are a bit closer to their wild relatives in temperament, they’re just as sweet, just take a bit more time before they want to climb in your hand. :)

 

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Gerbil Shopping List

Looking for a quick, no fuss shopping list of the must haves and the good ideas for getting your first gerbils? Something you can have ready on your smart phone or printed out?

Look no farther!

The Must Haves: 

One ten gallon aquarium/terrarium

One screen lid that fits the tank mentioned above

Bedding– Preferably paper, I recommend Kaytee “Clean & Cozy” unscented bedding

Water Bottle –Glass, or equipped with a metal guard to prevent chewing

Food–Gerri Gerbil or Vitacraft’s “Mouse, Rat & Gerbil” food

Chews–Pet safe wood or lava block

Hide House–Wood/Plastic composite or ceramic will last the longest

“Gerbil Dust”–Sold as Chinchilla dust, to be given once a week in a glass bowl for bathing

Exercise Wheel–Metal mesh or “Silent Spinner” style wheels only

The Good Ideas

Play Pen–Make sure it is made for small rodents such as hamsters, or the bar spacing may be too large

Food Dish–Though not required, this does help maintain a cleaner habitat and allow you to know how much your gerbils are eating

Tank Topper (found primarily online)– a tank topper allows for more space for your new friends to roam!

Pet safe habitat cleaner– You can used Windex, but be sure it is completely wiped clean to avoid possible ingestion

Treats– Sold in the small pet isle, Yogurt drops and other treats can be great ways to bond with your new friends

Freebies 

Toilet Paper rolls, small cardboard boxes and bits of paper make great toys, so long as they are not wax coated

Shredded Documents make fun nesting and chewing items, but again, make sure they are not treated with any kind of coating

And that’s it! Not including tax, your typical cost effective gerbil setup is about $45-$60 bucks depending on what kinds/brands you choose. (Compared to a guinea pigs whopping $150-$250 price range, that is a cheap pet!)

Check out this post for a more detailed description of the items mentioned above, and the “why’s” behind them.

 

 

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Bitter Sweet

Maggie & Chleo, two pups from my first River Song litter, are enjoying living with their new mommy. :)

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Sad update for my blog followers, my sweet girl River Song passed away last week. Most likely from complications with her pregnancy. Her current litter of four are doing well, they’ve been getting kitten formula from an eye dropper and are eating solids fairly well despite being so suddenly without Momma’s milk. They are gaining about a gram a day and so far aren’t showing any signs of ill health. Their dad is taking wonderful care of them despite looking a bit depressed.

 

River poses for a picture.

River poses for a picture.

Rest in peace, sweet River Song.

Clara is getting her dark nose point!

Clara is getting her dark nose point!

The last River Song litter

The last River Song litter

Temporary cage for my little boys.

Temporary cage for my little boys.

Spotted Siamese girl

Spotted Siamese girl

Light Spotted Polar Fox boy is GORGEOUS and such a little stud.

Light Spotted Polar Fox boy is GORGEOUS and such a little stud.

Pied Agouti boy!

Pied Agouti boy!

The Amy & Rory litter

The Amy & Rory litter

The Doctor & his sweet babies.

The Doctor & his sweet babies.

Amy & Rory's pups are all over the place!

Amy & Rory’s pups are all over the place!

 

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Bright Eyed and Fluffy Tailed

River & The Doctor’s second litter are finally able to see the world! Look how cute they are!

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Count Your Many Gerbils

Got some photos from the family who adopted two of my first litter! Looks like they are being pampered!

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Got the next litter separated today, two girls went in with my other weaned girls and the four boys get a tub of their own. Their mom delivered six new little peanuts last night!

The boys in their "tub"

The boys in their “tub”

Six new babies from my burmese girl.

Six new babies from my burmese girl.

My unweaned litter is getting some attention, two of them should be going to their new home in the week of the 23rd!

Boys

Boys

Girls

Girls

Had to rush my dog to the vet today after he split open his toe nail really badly. Craziness!

Soon 8 of my weaned babies will be off to their new homes and I can better focus on my newest litters. :)

 

 

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All The Updates!

First litter at 6 weeks old:

My second litter in all their cuteness at 20 days old:

 

And a picture of litter three at the tender age of one day:

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Someone on the AGS Facebook page says they believe my “unknown” pup is a Spotted Polar Fox, which is a rare and very pretty color post molt. :)

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