Help please...gerbils!

(36 Posts)
BuggarMeGently Sat 08-Mar-14 22:39:14

Urgent!! Our two "male" gerbils have just- THIS MINUTE!- become parents! Do I seperate them?? Wtf? Extra food? A blanket? A nursing chair??? Help!!

BuggarMeGently Sun 13-Apr-14 10:09:42

sad Chipped. Can anyone give me advice on how to ensure they're rehomed to decent homes? Maybe I should ask potential adoptees to bring the cage they intend to use, etc?

Chippednailvarnish Sat 12-Apr-14 22:48:59

sad I'm in essex.

BuggarMeGently Sat 12-Apr-14 22:42:05

Well, all six are still alive! Tried to post a photo, but can't convert to the correct format.

We are having to keep them in our bedroom at present, away from noise, cats, kids, and DH's farting. Noisy little turds they are at nightp!

ChippedI am in Staffordshire.

keepcalm111 Sat 12-Apr-14 21:57:06

Just to warn you, sometimes they eat their babies sad

Chippednailvarnish Sat 12-Apr-14 21:53:01

Where are you OP? I was thinking of getting a pet for my DS!

Hogwash Sat 12-Apr-14 19:11:38

What do baby gerbils look like - do you have pictures?

Hogwash Sat 12-Apr-14 19:11:12

Oh dear grin

BuggarMeGently Fri 11-Apr-14 08:03:15

grin

BuggarMeGently Fri 11-Apr-14 05:44:47

Aargh Hogwash wash yourmarf aht! No, we removed Mallory before Mickey gave birth, so at least I don't have to worry about that. Omg and I opened the front door to the gas man earlier, without realising I had a gerbil turd on the front of my cardi!

BuggarMeGently Fri 11-Apr-14 05:43:53

Aargh Hogwash wash yourmarf aht! No, we removed Mallory before Mickey gave birth, so at least I don't have to worry about that. Omg and I opened the front door to the gas man earlier, without realising I had a gerbil turd on the front of my cardi!

Hogwash Fri 11-Apr-14 01:18:15

How funny! Maybe she had them on Wednesday night - she's probably already pregnant again grin.

I remember the other thread grin wtf is going on in your house woman!!

BuggarMeGently Thu 10-Apr-14 23:09:25

Not sure about it being common but the pet shop man told us that Mickey was definitely male. If anyone remembers my other thread, we nearly lost one of the first litter- Uncle Graham- when my DD stepped on him!

Jollyphonics Thu 10-Apr-14 23:05:10

Is this a common problem? We got 2 males (or so we've been told) a couple of weeks ago, and a few people have joked about them having babies. I asked the woman at the pet shop if they were definitely both male and she laughed, said "yes", as if I was crazy to think otherwise.

Now I'm worried!

I have the piece of paper saying they are males so if they have babies I'm taking all of them back to the shop! I don't want an army of rodents in my house!

BuggarMeGently Thu 10-Apr-14 22:48:39

Ironically, we'd moved Mallory and the pups- all male- to a separate cage and were going to buy a female companion for Mickey on the Saturday. Then I ended up in gospital, and it all went to pot.

Shakshuka Thu 10-Apr-14 19:30:21

I was going to say that its too late. They'd have mated already and more than likely mummy gerbil is pregnant again. You can leave the dad in to help the mum and put him in a separate cage with the boy pups when theyre about 6 weeks old.

We were in your situation last year and we did get the second litter. No need to panic now, gerbjks are great parents but start working your networks to find homes fpr them. We found homes for all of ours and ended up keeping five in two cages (boys and girls separate). It was quite an experience!

BuggarMeGently Thu 10-Apr-14 19:19:26

Oh shitbollocksyfuck

We removed the male

Too late

They get pg again the night she gives birth, don't they?

Six more of the little turds...

BuggarMeGently Sun 09-Mar-14 00:26:36

And yes...we knew Mallory was a boy. We also have,a female cat called Dennis.

Never had gerbils but as a guinea-pig mum (I had two sows as a child,who turned out to be not two sows ) the dad and mum got together after the birth,
We were told to leave the boar with the group "He won't eat the piglets"
No he was lovely with the piglets. He made another batch hmm

Most mature male rodents have quite obvious bollocks so you'll tell he's the boy.

<<Thanks lucky stars that my two boars are 100% boars>>

BuggarMeGently Sun 09-Mar-14 00:23:32

Omds--oh my days! Thank you guys so much. Proud parents Mickey ( mom) and Mallory are both doing well. Thinking Pombear. AIBU and Cutted Up Pear...Cup for short...as a nod to the people who got me through tonight...??

freerangeeggs Sat 08-Mar-14 23:49:05

Separate them, because as others have said, she'll be pregnant again very quickly. It's quite easy to tell the males apart, as I remember - they have visible testicles (I think, it's been years since I had gerbils!).

Other than that, leave the mum to do her thang. Make sure you separate the babies before they're sexually mature or you'll have a population explosion!

So jealous, I love those wee things

PterodactylTeaParty Sat 08-Mar-14 23:45:03

Yes, get the male out of there otherwise they'll mate again and you'll have another batch to deal with. Then leave mum & babies alone as much as you can. www.gerbils.co.uk/gerbils/gender.htm

Male gerbils do make great parents though - mine used to wash all the babies more often than their mother did, slept on his back with them draped over his stomach, and even tried to nurse them! But they are really fertile and the parents mate soon after a litter is born, so if you leave him in there you'll end up waist-deep in gerbils.

Goldencity1 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:41:52

You need to separate them and fast! If you leave the babies together they will breed with each other....you could try keeping the mum and a couple of female babies and sell the rest to the pet shop. My ds' s herb farm kept him in pocket money for ages....We started out with 2 and ended up with over 30.

KatoPotato Sat 08-Mar-14 23:35:14

Wtf is omds?

BuggarMeGently Sat 08-Mar-14 23:33:00

Omds- am I allowed to say omds here??- the dad is msking an extra nest...AIBU to give them names already?

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