When Hamsters Eat Their Pups

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.  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.
   
Quote this article in website
Print
Send to friend
Save this to del.icio.us

Users' Comments  RSS feed comment
 

Average user rating

 

Display 11 of 11 comments

By: aberedo on 25-02-2010 11:02

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?

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

By: KiKoKu28 on 21-02-2010 18:10

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 :?

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

» See all 2 replie(s)

By: spring1483 on 13-01-2010 22:46

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 :)

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

By: iCockroachTV on 23-10-2009 19:53

I hope my hammie doesn't eat her pups O_O :x

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

By: qwertyuiop on 29-06-2009 23:49

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

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

By: kenara on 20-05-2009 07:31

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...

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

» See all 1 replie(s)

By: danielle on 16-03-2008 01:20

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.

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

» See all 2 replie(s)

By: Ashley Swanson on 19-01-2008 20:22

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

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

» See all 1 replie(s)

By: karina on 18-01-2008 19:09

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??!!

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

» See all 2 replie(s)

By: Adam on 08-01-2008 12:17

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

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

By: Richard Ince on 08-01-2008 01:23

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

 

» Report this comment to administrator

» Reply to this comment...

Display 11 of 11 comments



Add your comment
Only registered users can comment an article. Please login or register.


mXcomment 1.0.5 © 2007-2010 - visualclinic.fr
License Creative Commons - Some rights reserved
 
FREE ILLNESS CHART!
Join our newsletter and get a FREE hamster illness report AND a FREE hamster ebook!
Name:
Email:


We hate spam. Your email address will never be sold or given to anyone else.

Hamster-Zone Login

Hamster-Zone Gallery

the babies


 

Who's Online

No Users Online