Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Baby Gerbil Update

When I picked the kids up from school, I told them I had a surprise when they got home - they were both trying to figure out what I'd bought them, and I just kept laughing and saying, "Nope, you'll never guess!"  When I told them the big news, they were both super excited.  D was like, "Wait, I thought we had 2 boys?  Ooh, maybe we have 2 girls and we'll have lots of babies now!"  Umm, I'm absolutely POSITIVE that is not the case, kiddo ;) We did tell him it takes a mommy and a daddy to have babies, and thankfully he didn't ask any further questions (for now, anyway)

Last night, hubby and I were talking, concerned about what we would do with the babies in the wheel.  They're very fragile the first several days - their skin is so thin that you can actually see their white bellies after they've nursed!  We decided we'd leave them alone for a week, and then somehow move them after the weekend.  Just to clarify the situation: she gave birth in what wheel over the top of the cage, so there's quite an expanse of tube, not to mention three stories in the cage (there used to be steps, but Mr & Mrs Destructo chewed those up)  Well, mama took matters into her own hands, and this morning the new family is all on the bottom.  No idea how she did it, but wow, those mothering instincts are strong!  At least now we can see the little wiggly pups better - there are 5, and all seem healthy.  It's cool to watch the 2 of them work together - she'll go eat, and Dad will come snuggle with them for awhile..  We have about 5 weeks before we need to split them up; will probably use our old aquarium to set up another habitat, plus will be giving some young'uns away.

1 comment:

Jeff and Meg said...

I would like to congratulate you on your new adventures in rodent breeding. And also, thanks for solidifying my resolve never to get anything hamster/gerbil/etc. :)