Money in Hamsters!

One of those vintage ads that promised easy money by starting a home animal-breeding program, such as raising giant frogs. I wonder if anyone who responded to one of these ads ever did end up making money from the hamsters or frogs. Source: Popular Mechanics, 1950

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 17, 2014
     Category: Animals | 1950s

Hamsters are not easy to raise. The males will fight to the death and kill their young. Pretty gruesome.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/17/14 at 04:44 PM
There is good money in frog legs but not in hamster meat.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 09/17/14 at 04:52 PM
My grandfather let us kids have a ton of those old PM. I was always curious about the adverts but not enough to inquire. I find out many years later that they were pretty much in what I call the "Sea Monkey" class - you will be disappointed with the product. Save your money.
Posted by KDP on 09/17/14 at 05:27 PM
Anybody remember the HAMPSTER DANCE! Back in the day, if you pissed off Tyrusguy, having this for your screen saver would be your likely fate! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 09/17/14 at 09:16 PM
I love it Ty!! :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/17/14 at 09:33 PM
Back in high school (60's) I did a genetic study using hamsters. The young I sold to the pet stores and 5¢ & 10¢ store. And, no, they're not hard to breed if you know what you were doing. Males and females live apart. When you thought she was ready (very small window) you took your stud and dangled him over her. If she didn't try to make lunch of his feet you dropped him in her pen and watched the action. AS SOON as he ah.... hit a home run you pulled him out or she'd use him as a source of protein.

About 3weeks later she'd pop out 8 to 16 pups.

This project got me an A+ and I was one of the 1st in the area to get a solid fawn colored blood line that bred true a large percentage of the time.

Hamsters are pretty adaptive. My main man got out of his cage and disappeared in the basement for about 2 months. One night we heard something gnawing in behind the panelling. It turned out to be our boy had slipped down off a rafter into an area about an inch wide.

IMHO, they're great 1st pets.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/18/14 at 01:10 AM
They are nice little things. We had 2 different teddy bear hamsters that were very sweet and friendly. Can't have one now as we have a cat and that would not work very well. Got the cat to keep mice away and getting him to only go after approved rodents would be impossible.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/18/14 at 02:22 AM
I know a solution of how to keep the cat from eating the hamsters. Want'a hear it?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/18/14 at 04:47 AM
Expat: feed the cat to the hamsters?
Posted by Richard Bos on 09/18/14 at 05:15 AM
We had a couple of hamsters way back. First wife thought a plastic lid would be adequate. I caught one of them in the bathroom, and cornered the other in an empty closet. She turned around, stood up and held her arms in a fighting position like "come at me, bro". It was hilarious. I liked the mice better.
Posted by Mr Evilwrench on 09/18/14 at 01:26 PM
We raised Hamsters and sold them to a local pet shop in the early 60's. My parents found out you can't leave the couple together as the female was attacking the male when we came to his rescue. He lost an eye and was pretty jumpy for some time after that. We also raised mice to feed the pet snakes.
Posted by Gary Foster on 09/22/14 at 08:58 AM
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