I feel the most important thing is to start with good stock. You won't get anywhere with poor stock of bad type or with defects or disease. Go to a show if you can or visit some breeders and you'll begin to get an idea of what a good type should be for gerbils. www.gerbils.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/gerbils/standard.htm
Post by sparkbubble on Mar 31, 2022 8:22:12 GMT -8
I don't know if this is mildly off topic, but Is it ok if I have accidentally ended up with a pregnant gerbil and would like to raise the gerbils myself? I plan on this being a single-time experience and want to give all but two babies (one of each sex for the parents) to responsible homes. Otherwise, the only reputable breeder I know of lives many hours away.
Bubbles 7/3/21-10/7/21 Sparky 7/3/21-11/2/21 Rollo 12/24/21-2/7/2 Rio 12/24/21- Samson 3/12/22- Solitaire-4/2/22- 1&2 Timothy, 1&2&3 John, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Titus (because a fourth John would be preposterous) 5/28/22
Do you mean leave the mum to raise this single litter over the next 8 weeks - and do you also have the father?
Gerbils are very good at raising their own pups without too much fuss so no worries there - as long as you don't over-fuss the mum, and top up her diet with some more nutritious foods - she should be just fine.
Depending on her enclosure there might be a few tweaks you need to take - so please start a new thread on this topic in the breeding section and give us some details on her current environment; anything you know about the pups and their nest, etc, and also any specific questions you have about the whole process.