Buying Guinea Pigs
Guinea Pigs

Buying Guinea Pigs

The guinea-pig is larger than rats, mice and hamsters. A fully grown animal will weigh between two and three pounds and be about nine inches long. They have squat, tubby bodies and are surprisingly strong. Young people handling a guinea-pig for the first time may be astonished at an absence of tail (even the hamster…

Looking After Pet Mice
Mice

Looking After Pet Mice

The hamster may have displaced mice as the most popular of small rodents but, nevertheless, mice are still cute little creatures and have an irresistible appeal for many boys and girls. Pet mice are clean, docile and very adaptable animals, thriving on all sorts of food and often in spite of far from ideal conditions….

Common Ailments Of Gerbils
Gerbils

Common Ailments Of Gerbils

Gerbils have few ailments provided they are housed in clean, dry cages, fed sensibly, kept away from draughts and not exposed to extremes of temperature. This is all to the good, because it is not easy to doctor small animals. Gerbils may have their “off” days when they are quieter than normal but they soon…

Breeding Gerbils
Gerbils

Breeding Gerbils

A pair of healthy gerbils living together can be expected to produce a litter of young in due course. Sexual maturity occurs about 9 to 12 weeks of age and pregnancy lasts about 25 days. Therefore, the first litter could be arriving about the 15th week. However, do not worry if a litter does not…

Handling Gerbils
Gerbils

Handling Gerbils

The art of taming gerbils is in encouraging the animals to become used to you. Young gerbils are often nervous and this is due to inexperience. It is essential to be gentle, unhurried and not to force the pace. Make the gerbils’ natural curiosity work for you. Leave the cage door open on a table…

Feeding Gerbils
Gerbils

Feeding Gerbils

A “special” food for gerbils is unnecessary. Their diet is somewhat more restricted than that of the hamster but nevertheless provides plenty of variety. A simple guide is to give ample food but not sufficient for the food to go to waste. Food which has been fouled by urine or has deteriorated with age can…

Choosing A Gerbil Cage
Gerbils

Choosing A Gerbil Cage

Although their cage requirements are simple, the gerbil is so active that it is best to provide a fairly large cage with ample floor space. A cage measuring about 15in. By 10in. By 9in. High should be regarded as minimal. A metal cage is preferable to wooden because of their gnawing habits. Many of the…

Keeping Gerbils
Gerbils

Keeping Gerbils

The gerbil is one of the newest of small pets and most fascinating they are, too, particularly for people who like something out-of-the-ordinary. They are bright, active and very inquisitive little creatures, with little smell. Once they have become accustomed to new surroundings and to their owner, they display a lack of fear which is…

Exhibiting Hamsters
Hamsters

Exhibiting Hamsters

One of the thrills of keeping hamsters is entering them in competition with others for prizes. First class exhibition hamsters are usually superior to those bought at a pet store. Nevertheless, this fact need not deter anyone who wishes to exhibit from doing so. Some very good hamsters have been purchased from a pet shop….

Hamster Varieties
Hamsters

Hamster Varieties

The original colouring of the hamster is the familiar golden-brown. This is the wild hamster and, for some 15 years after domestication, was the only known colour. However, nature produces variations in the form of “sports” or mutants, to use the correct word. No-one knows when, where or what form these may take, except that…

Breeding Hamsters
Hamsters

Breeding Hamsters

Sooner or later, after a little experience with feeding and general care, one’s thoughts turn to the subject of breeding. Why not, indeed, for much of the enjoyment of hamster keeping is in the expectation of babies. Young hamsters are just as much fun as adults— more so in the opinion of many people. The…

Feeding Hamsters
Hamsters

Feeding Hamsters

It has rightly been said that hamsters will eat anything —well, almost anything. Most rodents are nibblers and the hamster is no exception. Leave a hamster on a table, say, with a mixed variety of food and watch its behaviour. It will pouch quite a lot but it is especially interesting to see the way…

Hamsters

Varieties Of Hamster

The hamster has become one of the popular pets of modern times. Just why is really not hard to understand. It is small and easy to keep, does not require expensive nor uncommon food, and its endearing behaviour soon wins over those people who would look upon the little chap “as just another rodent”. The…

Poultry Diseases
Chickens

Poultry Diseases

Intending poultry keepers may think fowls are prone to many ailments, but common-sense feeding and attention to cleanliness will eliminate 99 per cent of poultry diseases. Lack of cleanliness affords conditions favourable to increase of bacteria and parasites, reduction in power of resistance. Dampness reduces vitality and leads to chills and inflammation. Tainted soil acts…

Feeding Chicks
Chickens

Feeding Chicks

FEEDING CHICKS Other requisites for chick rearing are containers for water and food. A water fountain, which can be arranged by inverting a glass jam jar of water in a pan, and a small wooden trough for food is all that is needed. To start chicks feeding a little dry food is dropped first on…

Breeding Chickens
Chickens

Breeding Chickens

The next ambitious step from the keeping of a few backyard pullets or hens is breeding. For this the poultry keeper must provide himself with a good cockerel, which should be not less than ten months old when put in the pens with the hens. It is extremely important to choose a good .cockerel. Remember…