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Babies On The Way!

River & The Doctor's first meeting.

River & The Doctor’s first meeting.

Older picture, but these are our soon to be parents! River (Spotted Siamese) has gained 8grams so far! She is 71grams as of 3/29. Haven’t weighed her yet today but I imagine she will be about 73-74g! (I had a scale issue so I am canceled her initial weight of 61g and changing it to 63g. The container I was weighing them in wobbled and some of the weights were off.)

She is eating and drinking very well and getting very pleasantly plump. So excited!! I can’t wait until they’re old enough to tell their color, just no telling what we’ll get from this pairing. Hopefully River will be a lot like her mom and produce a wide variety of colors.

Seriously hope I’m off on the day she has her pups! Being at work knowing I had little babies waiting for me would be agonizing.

Anyway, keep checking back, news and photos of the pups will be posted as soon as I find them! If you’re not a wordpress member, feel free to use the link on the left side bar and subscribe via email! 🙂

~THG

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Big News!

I have great news!

River & The Doctor, contrary to my original thoughts based on who was heaviest, will be my first parents! River is gaining roughly two grams per day! She has gained five grams in three days so far and is looking quite pear shaped. So excited to meet her pups!

Amy & Rory were caught in the act today! So assuming everything goes well, she should be due to have her pups somewhere between April 21st-25th! I will begin weighing her on the 13th to check her progress.

So excited! Can’t wait!!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Purchase of The Day!

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking breeding gerbils makes money. It is pretty much a money hole, but a thumpin’ fun one.

Today I finally acquired a piece of equipment I’ve been wanting for quite a while. A digital gram scale! This makes identifying pregnancy and keeping track of pup growth so much easier!

And now, for the weigh in!

Heavy weights:

Oliver is the top heavy weight at 80g!

Rory comes in a close second at 73g!

Henry brings up the rear at 71g!

Light weights:

Amy is the heaviest of the light weights at 67g!

The Doctor comes up second at 64g!

River brings up the rear at a modest 61g!

 

Now, River and Amy are sisters from the same litter, on the same diet, and were the same size when I introduced them to their mates. I can’t say for sure yet, but I think the whopping 6gram difference between the sisters means that Amy will be our first mother! I’ll know for sure in the next day or so, if I see a weight gain in her. Fingers crossed!

Oh, my smallest guinea pig is 893grams.  😀

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Pet Store vs. Breeder

A recent discussion I had with a very sweet family who are hoping for a pair of my gerbils inspired this post. Though it can be hard sometimes to make the decision to wait on a breeder rather than get a pair of sub-adult gerbils at a pet store, there are some great perks to reward your patience! And though pet stores are often a reliable source for gerbils, there are a lot of cons that go along with them.

For example:

  1. You don’t know the exact age of their gerbils. Though the associate may be able to give you a rough estimate, you can’t be completely certain if their gerbils are in the ideal age range to be happy, well socialized pets.
  2. Gender confusion. Some pet stores may indeed have young, well-enough socialized gerbils, and think they know which are male and which are female, but they are often wrong. This is how I ended up with my very first litter!
  3. Health history. Pet stores have no idea if the parent gerbils were healthy, free of deformities, had good temperaments or if they were related (in-breeding can cause serious health concerns).
  4. Lack of color variety. Believe it or not, color is important! Gerbils of more rare colors, such as spotted gerbils, or color point gerbils (gerbils with dark points at the nose, ears, tail and feet) are more likely to be calm and easy to tame than the more common colors such as “Agouti” (brown with black ticked fur), or black.
  5. Lack of socialization. Sadly, in a pet store environment with customers to tend to, many cages to clean and a whole store to manage, even if there are associates who enjoy handling gerbils, they simply don’t have the time to spend taming and socializing each and every animal in their care. Often times this can lead to nippy or fearful behavior.

With a breeder, all of these “unknowns” become known!

  1. Responsible breeders keep good records. A breeder should keep close records of their pups birth dates, the parents behavior, how many still borns each pair has had, and more! And will monitor the pups progress closely.
  2. Breeders are more accurate at sexing young gerbils. Though I will admit that sexing young gerbils is not my strong suit, most breeders are fabulous at it. Due to my struggle, I wait to place the babies until I am completely sure. And if ever I were wrong, I would rectify it as soon as possible.
  3. Breeders are picky. A good breeder will choose only the best for their breeding stock, and are careful to avoid in-breeding and any obvious health issues such as kinked tails.
  4. Better color options. Breeders like to play around with genetics and try to produce the most visually appealing gerbils they can. Especially spotted and color point varieties, which means you are more likely to get naturally calm, easy to tame gerbils. (And they’re pretty, too!)
  5. Well socialized. A good breeder knows that good socialization starts from day one! Just gently touching and examining new born gerbils helps to get them used to the feel and smell of humans. By the time they’re ready to depart to their new homes, they know that people are friends!

Though the wait is hard, the pay off is worth it! Knowing what you’re getting makes all the difference in the world, and having a breeders contact info on hand in case of questions, concerns, or emergencies (“My gerbil ran under the fridge! What do I do?!”) is a great relief to a new gerbil keeper.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Gerbil Quirks

 

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All Stocked Up!

My spoiled babies have no idea how very blessed they are to have me. Because when I get an email from Petmountain telling me there is a 50% site wide sale and I have a $5 coupon… I stock up on stuff.

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Look at my pile of goodies!! Including two bags of a gerbil food I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while, as it’s the only food I’ve found that is made JUST for gerbils! Judging by the ingredients list and the smell and look of it, I think my gerbils will think they’ve found gerbil gold.

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It’s got the same stuff as my current gerbil food, PLUS dried carrots, a few raisons, and pumpkin seeds! My gerbils already are better off on their Vitakraft food than on “Hamster/Gerbil” food, I think this will make them happy.

Also, blue Kaytee Bedding, which they’ve stopped selling in my pet store. I know they don’t care, but it makes their cages look more fun to me.

It’s been 20 days since my breeding pairs have been introduced. No sign of pregnancy yet, but I’m hoping it will come within this next month at least. They’re all old enough now, and they often are pretty flirty with one another.

And now I must begin to get ready for work! We have a whopping 15 gerbils at my store right now. That is A LOT. Several are very pretty, too. Looking forward to helping them find loving homes! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Gerbil Care, The Clan

 

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Video

Fun Gerbil Facts

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/66122597″>Tails of the New England Gerbil Show</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user682319″>Scott Eisen</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Gerbil Quirks

 

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Listed

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My listing went up today! The breeder above me is where I purchased my two females. Last night my membership officially went through, and I registered my two breeding pairs and submitted this listing!

Now if my two girls would just give me some sign as to whether or not they’re pregnant! *Sigh* Patience is not one of my virtues.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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