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Thought you all might enjoy a few pictures of the Happy Gerbil’s bachelor pads, homes of the permanent residents of The Happy Gerbil!

The boys are spoiled!

The boys are spoiled!

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Bachelors! (Technically The Doctor is a widower :(  )

Bachelors! (Technically The Doctor is a widower 😦 )

Stormy loves to run!

Stormy loves to run!

The Doctor and Alfie

The Doctor and Alfie

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in The Clan

 

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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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Gerbils At Play

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Available Gerbils, 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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Little Details

Today  my order of boxes arrived! Boxes, you say, boxes of what? Just boxes! Little critter boxes to send my gerbils to their new homes in. They’re very cute and just the right size for two young gerbils. I am pleased.

Here are some pictures of my gerbil clan playing in their play pen! A play pen is definitely worth purchasing! The bigger the better, as long as it says it is made for hamsters and gerbils. Some play pens are made just for guinea pigs and rabbits and the bar spacing is too wide, your gerbils could squeeze through and escape.

Amy & Rory

Amy & Rory

Rory

Rory

Amy, my gorgeous burmese girl.

Amy, my gorgeous burmese girl.

Amy

Amy

Amy in her favorite log.

Amy in her favorite log.

Rory

Rory

Henry, my cuddle buddy.

Henry, my cuddle buddy.

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Oliver

Oliver

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in The Clan

 

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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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Cute Pictures

Cleaned the cages today, chose the natural brown Kaytee Clean & Cozy over the white just for a change of scenery.

Three clean tanks. And a cute calendar.

Three clean tanks. And a cute calendar.

A hunk of super hard drift wood I purchased for $8 at the Exotic Animal Expo! They love it!

A hunk of super hard drift wood I purchased for $8 at the Exotic Animal Expo! They love it!

The view from above. They love climbing and chewing this drift wood.

The view from above. They love climbing and chewing this drift wood.

Henry about to snack on his Vitakraft Crunch Stick for Rats. He loves it.

Henry about to snack on his Vitakraft Crunch Stick for Rats. He loves it.

Rory on his wheel. He's such a cutie.

Rory on his wheel. He’s such a cutie.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in The Clan

 

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