So blessed to have a Dad who helps me with the ideas I come up with to make caring for my fur babies easier. Today, shortly after two of my six week old girls got picked up by their new mommy (YAY!) my dad and I went to Home Depot and got $15 worth of wood to build this shelf system for my largest bin, a 110qt tub. LOVE how it turned out! Perfect hight, lots of storage space. Very excited. ^_^
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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. 🙂
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
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.
Maggie & Chleo, two pups from my first River Song litter, are enjoying living with their new mommy. 🙂
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.
Rest in peace, sweet River Song.
Clara is getting her dark nose point!
Got some photos from the family who adopted two of my first litter! Looks like they are being pampered!
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!
My unweaned litter is getting some attention, two of them should be going to their new home in the week of the 23rd!
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. 🙂