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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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Gerbil Handling

Henry is my calmest gerbil by far, so I used him as my model.

Henry in my hand by the window (the batman symbol is a reflection from my pants.)

Henry in my hand by the window (the batman symbol is a reflection from my pants.)

Henry is one of few gerbils who doesn't mind being held still.

Henry is one of few gerbils who doesn’t mind being held still.

Though it may seem more comfortable for you to hold a gerbil as pictured above, it often makes a gerbil feel constrained and uneasy. You may even get nipped or bitten if the gerbil isn’t used to this kind of handling. You can work up to this, but do so slowly and release it if it seems uncomfortable in your hand.

My Dad holding Henry in opened hands--the way gerbils prefer.

My Dad holding Henry in opened hands–the way gerbils prefer.

Henry peering down at a fallen mealworm.

Henry peering down at a fallen mealworm.

Gerbils prefer to be held in open hands, particularly if you’re wearing a loose fitting long sleeved shirt that they can climb on or in. They are very active and don’t like to stay in one place for long. Once you’ve found your gerbils’ favorite treat, you may be able to get him or her to munch on it while in your hand. Henry will do this with dried mealworms or yogurt drops.

And now, a badly taken video of Henry eating a mealworm!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Gerbil Care, The Clan

 

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