day old Dwarf Campbell's
You can help the mother
during pregnancy by providing lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
A Syrian pregnancy will last for 16 days in dwarfs it will last
about 18-21 days. For a little while before and after birth the
mother may not like being handled so she may bite you. it will be
best to leave her alone of she is behaving like this unless she
is showing signs of wanting to come out and be handled by you.
A few days before birth
it is best to do a complete cage clean as you won't be able to do
another one for about 2-3 weeks. Make sure she has lots of bedding
material to build a nest. Keep the cage in a nice quiet room to
avoid stressing the mother as she gives birth and looks after the
young pups enjoying their first solid food.
If it is a dwarf that is
pregnant and the father is still sharing a cage with the mother
then it is a good idea to remove him before she gives birth. He
can be left in though if you want to as he will help out with looking
after the pups but note they can mate again within 24 hours of her
giving birth and you'll end up with another litter due in 18 days.
Once the mother has give
birth to the pups it's a good idea to remove the wheel from the
cage as this may injure the pups if they wander around the cage.
Also lower the water bottle ready for when the pups can start to
drink from it. Keep providing fresh fruit and vegetables daily along
with some bread soaked in milk. It is important you do not disturb
or touch the pups, doing so may cause the mother to kill them. You
can start to handle the pups once their eyes open which is around
2 weeks old. At this age they should wander from the nest more often
and will start to eat solid food. You can also clean the cage out
once the pups are at handling age.
At 3 weeks old dwarfs should
be fully weaned and eating solid foods, 4 weeks in Syrians. They
can also be removed from the mother at this age and put into single
sex groups. If you plan to keep the dwarf pups then these can be
split into single sex groups with females living with the mother
and males with the father. You must make sure the cage is big enough
to cage them all.
You must keep them in these
groups until they are 6 weeks old if you plan to sell them. From
6 weeks you can sell them if you wish to. Syrians should be seperated
by 8 weeks old to avoid fighting. If they fight before this time
then you will have to do it then to avoid injures.