Small Animals & Breeding


January 6th, 2014

We think about the pets life once it has left us and that is why we spend a great deal of time ensuring our staff are qualified to advise on all the pets they sell. This is why we don’t sell our animals to those intending to breed.

Breeding small animals can come with a host of complications and can be very dangerous. Especially if the mother is too young or too old. It is always best not to and we recommend that the breeding of pets like hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and guinea pigs is NOT undertaken unless by a very well informed and experienced breeder. Non-breeding pets are likely to go on to have lovely long, happy and healthy lives if cared for well. They certainly don’t need to bred from, in fact if you take into consideration the risks faced by pregnant animals, it is certainly best not to put them into that situation.

Although we don’t sell our pets for breeding purposes, we believe education is key to good animal welfare and long happy lives for our pets. Before you purchase a pet we advise that you read up about the species you are considering and learn as much about them as possible. If you pop in to one of our stores, a friendly member of staff will be more than happy to advise you about the care and welfare needs of the animals we sell.

If you have pets that you believe could very well be pregnant it is advisable to have a veterinary surgeon confirm your doubts. They will also be able to give you time frame for their gestation period and advise you further.

How Long and How Many...

Gestation periods differ depending on animal.
The tables below depicts the average gestation periods for the pets we love and the number of young to be expected.

Mammals

Gestation period

Babies

Syrian Hamsters

16-17 days

6-10 babies

Russian Cambell Hamsters

16-18 days

3-5 babies

Winter White Russian Hamsters

18-21 days

 

5-9 babies

Chinese Hamsters

16-18 days

3-5 babies

Roborovski Hamsters

23-30 days

3-5 babies

Fancy Mice

21 days

 

6-20 babies

Mongolian Gerbils

24-28 days

3-7 babies

Pallid Gerbils

20-24 days

3-7 babies

Shaws Jirds

21-23 days

3-7 babies

Fancy and Dumbo Rats

20-22 days

4-5 babies

Degus

90 days

 

6-8 babies

Chinchillas

111 days

 

1-3 babies

Guinea pigs

65-70 days

2-5 babies

Rabbits

30-32 days

2-8 babies

 

 

 

Birds

Incubation Period

Clutch Size

 

Budgies 

18-21 days

4-6 eggs

 

Cockatiels

19 days

 

5-6 eggs

 

Lovebirds

23 days

 

4-6 eggs

 

Canaries

14 days

 

4-6 eggs

 

Zebra Finches

12 days

 

4-6 eggs

 

Bengalese Finches

15 days

 

3-8 eggs

 

Diamond Doves

13-15 days

2 eggs

 

Java Sparrows

14-18 days

5-7 eggs

 

             

 We always advise that prospective pet owners, whether experienced or not, read up on the pet that they intend to own. And to thoroughly investigate and do their research if wanting to breed.