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Discussion in 'Rodents' started by srhdufe, Aug 4, 2009.


  1. srhdufe

    srhdufe PetForums VIP

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    A friend of mine works for pets at home...

    She was in tears today as one of the hamsters had died...

    She said that they get their stock from hamster farms.. (the equivalent of puppy farms :mad:)
    Does anyone know if that is true??

    She said they get their rabbits, guineas etc from places like that too... ? :cursing:

    I hope its not true!!!
     
  2. alyssa_liss

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    wouldnt suprise me :(
     
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    I am pretty sure they get them from mass breeders like this yes! If you think of how many they get in at a time then it makes sense. I am sure that p@h in Preston get roughly 30 hamsters in each week...if not more.
     
  4. srhdufe

    srhdufe PetForums VIP

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    No wonder mine from there have usually been nasty! :rolleyes:

    I once got 3 "female" dwarf hamsters from there (when i didnt know any better)
    They started fighting and i had to seperate them.. 2 of them were injured so i took them all back to the store for their vet to look at them...

    2 of them were female AND pregnant, the other was a little boy :rolleyes:
     
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    All of my hamsters are from P@H and there is nothing wrong with them. They are all wonderful. Dwarfs shouldn't be housed together as it is very hit and miss getting them to socialise. It is not because they are nasty animals that they fight...it is a territorial thing. None of my hammies have ever bitten me and I have had over 10 hammies from P@H. :D
     
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    I have had hamsters and still own two hamsters which I bought from pets at home, however I'm really used to taming hamsters, so it doesn't bother me if they are a bit nasty, they are tame now though.
    x
     
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    Angel was from P@H although it was the adoption bit and she is adorable, she loves to be played with and held. I have also heard that P@H get their stock from rodent farms. You might find this interesting.
    Rodent Farm
     
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    srhdufe PetForums VIP

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    omg... Those pics are awful :(
     
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    Four of our five are from pets at home too and they are lovely.:D
     
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    It is true unfortunately. All their small mammals at least are from farms, hence why they are ususally a lot more sickly and short lived :(

    One more reason to buy from breeders.

    Peace
    Akai-Chan
     
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    Omg that is truly horrific.:mad: :mad:

    Do pets at home definitely get their livestock from places like this? I know they get a lot in but just assumed they had people who breed specially for them but nothing like that. :sad:
     
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    because they are such a large company, they want a lot of animals for little price that they can sell on easily for lots of money. They wouldn't take from breeders and I highly doubt any good breeder would sell to them. I have a friend who was involved in the ordering of new animals and all of their animals are from farms :mad: it's absolutely sickening.

    Peace
    Akai-Chan
     
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    My sister-in-law rescued a female hamster who turned out was pregnant. When the babies were old enough she asked petsathome if they would take them. They told her they have their own suppliers and were'nt interested. So could be true that they are bred just for the shops!!
     
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    About 8 years ago I bought two dwarf hammies from P@H and one kept attacking the other and us, it was seriously aggressive, so I went back and she said they would take it back. I asked what would happen to it if I returned it and she said it would be returned to the breeder who would tame it and send it back:rolleyes:, stupidly I belived this and returned the poor little thing who I now know will have been returned to the breeder to be killed, possibly for the frozen food. If I could go back in time the hamsters would be seperated and live their life out with me.
     
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    I didnt know they did that...

    I once took a syrian back as it was attacking me... I couldnt even put my hand in the cage to feed it without it running at me trying to bite. Even when it was in its bed it used to run out at me. If i had known they do that i would have kept it...

    I dont even want to think how they would kill them :(
     
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    Reading this has made me feel really sad :(
     
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    Do hamsters get used for the frozen foods aswell?? I hate seeing the frozen rats and mice as I used to have them as pets.
     
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    If they are using them for food it's be CO2 chamber, if not, lethal injection though I doubt they'd want to go to that expense :mad:

    Peace
    Akai-Chan

    [EDIT] @FluffFluff - If a snake will eat it then they'll use it as food.
     
  19. ....zoe....

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    omg the pics of the breeding farms made me feel sick to the stomach.

    i work in a pet shop myself (NOT p@H) and we get our stock from medium sized breeders (simons rodents) they are brilliant for all their small animals but totally cramp on the side of g.pigs, rabbits, and birds !!!!

    we resently got 4 g.pigs in from them. so far 1 has died and another is seriously ill with a genetic chest problem so he constantly getting a chest infection. he and his mate have an owner waiting for them but we cant let them go until we know if he will either need to be pts to stop his suffering or need to be on medication for the rest of his life.

    from working in a pet shop myself we get many people ringing up/coming in to ask if we will take animals off their hands. when we ask why they explain that they bought their animals from p@h (either male/female) and ended up with more than two. i have also heard of many people whos animals have died a few days/week after getting them.

    this makes me very angry that p@h make out that they care about the animals when really they cant if they are sending people away with young pregnant animals or animals that they oviously cannot sex properly !!!!

    in my opinion they also dont give out enough advice about the animals they are selling. i have gone in their many of times (to have a look around and inspect the animals) and have actually checked customers rabbits sexs for them before they go out of the store.

    ive also had customers come into my shop and have their animals checked for a second time by us, to find that it is the oposite to what they originally asked for !
     
  20. srhdufe

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    noooooo.... I wish i hadn't read that :(
     
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