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How long does it take a hamster to give birth after

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How long does it take a hamster to give birth after conception

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Age: <1; Female; Breed: syerian hamster

Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Susan Kollgaard replied 11 years ago.
The gestation period for Syrian hamsters is 16 days. You can't tell if a female hamster is pregnant until several days before it is ready to give birth. Then the hamster will begin to store food in her nest and build a nest for the babies. Her stomach will also get noticeably larger at this point.

The length of time it takes a hamster to give birth depends on the number of babies in the litter. There is a 5-10 minute interval between the birth of each baby, so that multiplied by the number of babies is how long it will take her to give birth. The typical number of babies in a litter is 9-10, although there can be 2-14.