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Old 03-09-2013, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a C&C cage with 5 almost 4 week old babies, she started to climb out the cage today, she almost did, freak me out. I took a baby out in front of her thinking she would come to me, NOPE continued to try to scale the cage. I put her wheel back in and she jumped on it and went. IS this ok?
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You shouldn't have the wheel in while the babies are there, she may try to run with one on the wheel and hurt it. Do you have choloroplast around the inside of the C&C cage and a lid on it? You need to put something around the inside so she can't climb and take the wheel out.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the choloroplas around the inside about 6 inches and but I havent ever needed a cover So I put the top on, but should I worry she keeps climbing up and then falling from the top of the cage to the floor of the cage?
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Your coraplast sides should be at least 9 inches to revent climbing and falling plus the lid. You may want to give her small breaks from the babies and have her run on her wheel - like in a playpen area. She is getting restless and the babies should be almost weaned (5 - 5 1/2 weeks). But I am no expert. I just read what the others write.
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Raise the choroplast side higher to stop her from climbing. If the babies aren't 4 weeks old yet you really don't want to be taking her away from them very much, even though they will be starting to try her food anytime they still need to nurse from mom.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you guys, I will raise the sides when the babies are out. they are 4 weeks today, they have been trying her food for a couple days, they all come out at night. they are getting so big that mom can barley fit in the igloo with them and she isnt eating hardley anything. So I am getting worried about her.
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At this stage moms will spend progressively longer periods away from the babies, like a mama-break. Most will stay around the nest and splat for awhile but some really want to get farther and when they can't, they can get stressed. You can take the babies away for a few hours for handling and see if she settles.
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