Ughh, 2016 is a challenging year so far for sure. Mainly with regards to the curse of the Chinese hamsters that seems to still be plaguing the hamstery. Out of my recent planned pairings I’ve had two boys die, had some disappointing diabetic results and my last black eyed white girl also passed away shortly after she tested positive for the horrible disease.
None of the Roborovski are breeding yet and my first attempt at a Syrian litter also failed after mum got rid of her litter.
It’s been 18 months or more since I last had a Chinese litter of my own. 18 months! So my boys all went off for breeding holidays. I’m pleased to say they were very productive!
Doric Bardane has brought home two little spotty girls and a normal girl from Vectis hams and has now made some lovely boys for Willow Tree hamstery. A white girl too who will be staying with her breeder.
Sadly, Astere passed away with his girlfriend but before he died he managed to pass on his genes and I’m so happy I get to have a spotty back from him too.
Hopefully, some of these hamsters will breed for me! There are no whites here now, only spotty carriers but with a change of luck I’m hoping that will also change. I’m determined to break this run.
All the robos I own that are of breeding age are now paired up so if I get no babies soon then I’ve done everything I can haha. You can introduce the hamsters but it’s down to them if they are feeling romantic.
Syrians are a whole other kettle of fish. I’m going to have to accept that I need to mate up multiple females again. Otherwise the girls I need will be too old, especially if they don’t take first time around. With the fresh spring in the air, with any luck, I’ll get three for three like I did in November last year.
Easter is generally the time I tend to look forward for the year and my main aim is to knit together my Syrian lines, and not lose any more of my Robo or Chinese lines.
Watch this space!