It is necessary to prepare for childbirth in advance
Noticing that the female has a tummy, take care of her, and especially about the happy dad. A couple need to be separated for a while. Living together can cost a male life. Prepare the second cage. Wash and sanitize it. At the bottom, put the material from which the expectant mother will build a cozy warm nest for her offspring. Most suitable straw. Do not use fabric or cotton, they are dangerous for babies. Newborn hamsters are very fragile, any thread can destroy them. In addition, you need to follow the rules of hygiene, and in the fabric or cotton wool various microbes feel very comfortable. Remember that little hamsters need shelter. And, of course, there should be a feeder and a drinking bowl in the cage, but without the toys, the female can do without toys, she will have enough classes.
The straw may seem unnecessarily stiff, but the female will chew it and turn it into a soft bed.
The female will prepare the nest precisely for the time of delivery. If there is a house in the cage, the hamster will leave to give birth there, and in the first days you will most likely not see the babies. If there is no shelter, you will notice the completion of the family immediately. Do not count babies immediately after they are born. Mom feels great which of them is viable and which is not, so after a few hours you may not be able to count a few cubs. Do not try to save them, this you can destroy the rest. In general, during this period, you need to minimize interference with the family affairs of your pets. Keep in mind that if a female eats well, there will be fewer victims of natural selection, because she will be able to feed more cubs.
Hamsters in one litter can be up to a dozen.
Do no harm
In no case should you touch newborn hamsters. The young mother’s sense of smell is aggravated, she acutely senses extraneous odors that seem hostile to her. Therefore, she will most likely stop feeding the hamster that you held in her hands, and may even bite him. The best thing is to leave the family alone for a while and wait a few days.
Look after your mother
Particular attention should be paid to the nursing mother. She should have enough food. Add vitamins to your regular feed every day. There must always be fresh water in the cage. In the first two days it is not necessary to carry out general cleaning in the cage. In two days, the kids with their mother can already be transplanted for a while in a separate box or spare cage (but not to their father) in order to change the filler and straw. Then clean the cell every two days.
Feed up gradually
When the hamsters grow up a bit and become covered with hair, start introducing complementary foods. Put a few cabbage leaves in a cage. Kids will enjoy chewing on them. A few days later, when the cubs turn one month old, you can start giving boiled chicken. Servings should be small. Remove the hamsters from the cage. In a month and a half the family will have to be resettled. The female can be sent to the male – now nothing threatens him. Toddlers are already able to live without parental care.