When Hamsters Eat Their Pups PDF Print E-mail

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Unfortunately, it’s not at all uncommon to have a mother hamster eat some or all of her litter.  There’s no hard and fast reason for why they do this, although some theories exist. 

  • Need for extra protein by the lactating mother, results in hamster consuming some of her litter. Make sure there are high protein foods available immediately before and after birth.

  • Human scent on babies may confuse the hamster into thinking her pups are a food source. Avoid touching or handling babies.

  • Wild response to reduce family size when there is not enough food for the entire family. Make sure cage is as large as possible with extra food during time of pregnancy.



For example, first-time mothers may be so shocked by the whole situation that they feel threatened by the new arrivals and simply eat them to remove the threat.  Also, first time mothers can produce pups that are undersized or abnormal, thus causing the mother to reject and possibly eat them.  

Remember the advice about adding extra protein to the mother’s diet?  A good reason for this is that the mother may be craving extra nutrients after giving birth, and if they aren’t provided any other way she’ll eat her young to replenish herself.
 
You must be extra careful not to handle the young until they are about 14 days old.  Doing so before then can cause the mother to reject
the pup, causing her to ignore or eat it.  Also, pups born outside of the nest area may not be recognized by the mother, again causing the same cannibalistic behavior.

It’s also thought that this behavior has something to do with making sure there’s enough food around to feed the number of pups born – the mother will eat enough young to make sure there’s enough food for the survivors.  However, we can’t really be sure why.  If you happen to see it, know that other than providing a warm and quiet environment for the mother and pups, along with plenty of food, there’s nothing else you can do to ensure the pups’ survival.
   
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By: breakingdawn2 on 31-08-2012 09:33

Our hamster pups slowly started disappearing and then we realized she was eating them! Then she died. Is that normal? :cry :(

 

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By: sml21nyc on 27-03-2012 19:30

so far my hammy didnt eat any of her pups 
:p :p :p :p :grin :grin :grin :zzz :zzz :zzz

 

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By: clea_23 on 14-04-2011 22:09

my hamster has given birth last night, but when i woke up there were only 2 babies, she eat her babies..what should i do?? 
:sigh

 

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By: pookiebear0729 on 19-07-2010 17:06

my female hamster gave birth last thursday to as i know of 13 beautiful babies!! today, monday july 19th i woke up to her eating as i know of 2 babies which there is 11 babies now.... :sigh :cry i gave her a hard boiled egg and she tore that up i read in another area to give her extra protein, which eggs have alot of and also im gonna try some bird food which is full of protein as well... hope it works..... :? :?

 

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By: aberedo on 25-02-2010 08:02

my hamster gave birth at the tube. 6 babies she ate 4 and i seperated the 2 babies. when i tried to put the mother to the baby she ate the other one i only have 1 what will i do? why did the mother ate her babies?

 

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By: KiKoKu28 on 21-02-2010 15:10

hello everyone! 
i just bought 3 hamsters 2 weeks ago and i put them on the same cage. i know for sure that one is female and the second is a male but i'm not sure abt the third one... :?  
i have the suspicion that the female is pregnant and im concerned..what should i do if she is pregnant? shud i take out of the cage the one im not sure of the sex? will he/she eat the babies?? :sigh :?

 

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By: spring1483 on 13-01-2010 19:46

your hamster mom hamster will not eat a baby hamster unless you touch the baby hamster at the day of birth so my advice wait 3 weeks then you may hold him/her :)

 

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By: qwertyuiop on 29-06-2009 20:49

:) :grin :grin This site is the best site in the world It helps me alot, 
 
 
qwertyuiop

 

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By: kenara on 20-05-2009 04:31

Hello, 
 
what do I feed my hamster after she gives birth? I'm scared she's gonna eat her babies, she ate one and one died (she didn't eat it). Please help me because I'm soo scared for the babies, and for the mother.... 
 
 
Thank you, please reply as soon as possible.... Please...

 

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By: danielle on 15-03-2008 22:20

my hamster ate one of her babies. :cry . my hamsters babies are 16 days old when they r 3 weeks old do i really have to seperate them i dont have another cage.

 

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By: Ashley Swanson on 19-01-2008 17:22

do i have to put the babies in a seprete cage as the mother or leave them in the cage with the mother ?

 

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By: karina on 18-01-2008 16:09

sorry for sending u all of these messages but i still have a question! what arer the best ways to prevent the mother eating the babies? and what kind of food can i give them to get her protiens??? please send a message back soon??!!

 

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By: Adam on 08-01-2008 09:17

My pleasure Richard. I hope things go better for you next time :)

 

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By: Richard Ince on 07-01-2008 22:23

Thanks very much for these suggestions. I was very upset when one of my mothers ate all seven of her pups. Next time I have young ones, I will try some of your suggested strategies to minimise loss

 

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