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All Grown Up

Wanted to share some pictures that were recently posted to my Happy Gerbil Facebook page , just a few of my babies, all grown up and living it up with their awesome adopters!

Chloe

Chloe (Sp. Siamese)

Maggie

Maggie (Sp. Black)

Lucy

Lucy (Sp. Siamese)

Shadow

Shadow (Black)

Snowy

Snowy (Sp. Siamese) 

Snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodle (Agouti)

Oreo

Oreo (Pied Black)

Aren’t they all gorgeous! Such sweet babies, I love how in almost every photo they’re being held. Makes me happy. 🙂

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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in The Clan

 

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Update

There is A LOT going on in my personal life right now, but I wanted to post a quick update reminding my followers and visitors to my site that I still have six gerbils waiting on homes! Yes, the two males are the same color, but as someone who owns twin spotted Siamese boys, being the same color doesn’t mean you can’t tell them apart. They have such unique personalities and shouldn’t be passed up just because they look alike. They’re very sweet boys. 🙂

I would prefer that my PEW (Pink Eyed White) female and her black sister go to a home that has gerbil experience, as they are very unique girls with some funny quirks that may bother someone who isn’t dedicated. They are very sweet, no behavior issues! But the PEW sways when she stands (which is normal for her color) and the little black girl is a bit of a runt and will always be kind of small. I’m just concerned that someone who isn’t a true gerbil person will find those quirks kind of worrisome.

Anyway, please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in adopting any of my babies! Looking forward to sending them off to their forever homes! 🙂

 

~Moriah — The Happy Gerbil

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Available Gerbils, Gerbil Quirks

 

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Available Gerbils as of 8/10!

Hello gerbil lovers!! Thought you could use an update on what’s what at The Happy Gerbil!

My males and females are separated now, so these are my last litters! I was expecting one last litter from Clara, but as it is 5 days from her due date and she is showing no signs of pregnancy, she may not be expecting.

 

I have one litter available now and one that will be available on 8/22. Two males from the currently available litter are going to be picked up this week, not sure which two yet, but their colors are as follows:

1 Black female
1 Sp. Siamese Male
1 Mottled Agouti Female
2 Pied (spotted) Black, Boy & Girl
2 Sp. Agouti Males

The August 22nd litter are as follows:

1 Pink Eyed White Female
2 Lilac (grey) Females
2 Sp. Burmese, Boy & Girl
1 Sp. Black Female

On September 15th, I have a litter of seven that will be available. Currently they are still furless and genders cannot yet be determined.

I also have a Polar Fox girl and her Agouti sister who need homes, they both suffered from upper respiratory infections when they were pups, and the experience of being medicated made them slightly less trusting of people. They are still able to be held, but they do occasionally nip. If you would be willing to provide a loving home to these two little survivors, please let me know. They are available free of adoption fee, since I have been bitten by both of them, and it did draw blood. They are not biters, they just require a gentle and patient hand. 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Available Gerbils

 

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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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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Gerbil Care, Gerbil Quirks

 

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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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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Crazy Gerbil Lady

Being that I’m the one running around with an “I *Heart* Gerbils” sticker on my truck, my manager at work asked me to adopt a gerbil who has severe bedding allergies today, and I said yes.

SO! Soon (probably not until this end of this month or later) I will be bringing home a nutmeg male gerbil who has bad damage to his nose and a bit of a temper after having been treated with meds for a while. But, I decided that I will attempt to pair him with Oliver, and thus won’t rehome Oliver once Henry is paired with Clara (I’m a gerbil match maker, apparently).

Not sure what I’ll name him yet, but I want to continue my British and/or Doctor Who theme. Any ideas?

 

Quick Note on Bedding Allergies

Though often misdiagnosed, bedding allergies are caused by excess dust and/or oils (such as cedar, pine and sometimes-though rarely- aspen), the symptoms are sneezing, itching of the nose/face, and loss of fur to the nose/face. Some gerbils are particularly sensitive to bedding, and have to be kept on special, nearly dust free bedding in order to heal their noses. Such as Oliver and this new guy I’ll be taking on. Oliver has permanent scarring to his nose and one of his ears from this, and this new guy will as well. He’s even rubbed his paws raw from it. Poor baby. Gerbils with allergy issues should not be bred, as this sensitivity to bedding will likely be passed on to their offspring.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Gerbil Quirks, The Clan

 

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Oh, to be a Gerbil

Don’t you just wish your life were this much fun?

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You can get these little stick balls for 99. at Petsmart, in the cat toy section, just be sure and remove the plastic bell before giving it to your gerbils.

You can get these little stick balls for 99. at Petsmart, in the cat toy section, just be sure and remove the plastic bell before giving it to your gerbils.

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

 

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