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~HELP!~ Gerbil Information needed!

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RioTheoLeo's picture
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I already know lots about gerbils, females,males,neatured or sprayed. I know pretty much all the illnesses too. But there is one thing I personally do not know a thing about. GERBIL PUPS! Please may you give me information, as I am currently trying to persuade my mum to let me breed gerbils, and if I give her lots of information, she will probably weaken. But the google advice is rubbish. So I was wondering if any one knows some,well, helpful information?

I appreciate you responses (If I Get Any!)

Bye

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Gerbil pups

Has your gerbil given birth yet ? Any who check that your gerbils are male and female before mating (forced mating isn't advised unless you're proffesional) to avoid any serious fighting injuries (ask a vet , pet shop keeper and check yourself ) . The signs of a pregnant gerbil is : very thirsty , expanding stomache , very noticeable , eating more , busying around bedding , making a nest , acting agressive towards you . If your gerbil does this it could be sick or pregnant . Check first . Take the male gerbil away from the pups as he might get jealous and eat them . Never touch or even peek at the pups , only after 21 days (when you should separate them all , and give them non diluted water and a bigger range of food ) because this might end up in the gerbil rejecting or eating a pup , if the pup is rejected and not taken care of , it will starve . If the pups don't seem interested in the food , syringe it to them slowly , a bit of food with each drop , only a bit , not forcebly or you could kill the pup . Be sure to keep the pups warm , supply plenty of extra bedding , a heating pad and maybe a towel to do so . You should feed the pups 50% kitten milk diluted with 50% water (ask a vet , I'm not so sure about it ), baby food from a pharmacy (not low sugar and with no poisonous foods in it ) , mealworms (only one in a day , 2 in a week for each gerbil ) , crickets (one at a time ) , plain grilled chicken , apple peelings , cucumber peelings , cottage cheese (ask a vet , I'm not so sure about it ) and fish and boiled or scrambled egg . In order to have healthy pups , the mother must eat healthy food such as boiled or scrambled egg , cooked and cooled brown rice and plain bottled water (and all the things listed above ) . Bigger proportions should be fed to the female gerbil , a bit more each day . A gerbil might reject a gerbil , or eat it , if so if the gerbil is live but wounded feed curly kale and green safe garden plants , not too much , place in a new cage with no other gerbils with care fresh and some old bedding , dab the blood and put on a bit of warm water , 50% and 50% hydrogen peroxide . Some medicines are poisonous to gerbils , so never use any other medicine on gerbils but gerbil medicine (hydrogen peroxide is fine though ) and check the ingredients . Take the pup to the vet in a plastic carrier with food , breathing holes , toys , a bit of bedding from it's old cage and a towel on top and a heating pad . It is important to keep a wound clean , bacause it could get infecteced and the cage too should be cleaned every 3 days so no flystike , disease or infection starts .However if the pup isn't wounded (this treatment can also be used on gerbils that have fight wounds), just switch to a new cage with care fresh and shredded tissue and some bedding from it's old cage , and all the heat supplys listed and food listed until it is 21 days old , then you can start adding new foods to the diet , bit by bit , a small amount and if untouched for nearly 24 hours remove and don't give it that anymore or give less the next day . Or you could rub the pup in another mating female gerbils bedding , take the mating female gerbil out and sneak the pup in the cage , put the mating gerbil female back , but if this doesn't work , try the other option but this will prove harder as the pup needs warmth and a mum so you might not succeed and night end up with a dead gerbil , but you should at least try . ,

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No, I havnt bred them yet. I

No, I havnt bred them yet. I dont think I will be aloud :( . But thanks anyway. And one of them isnt very well, so I think breedings a no for him, but he is the only one that isnt violent (I have 3 males)

Thanks anyway