We have an estimated 2-3 month wait time for adoption. Please note that we may have adult retiree hamsters available sooner. We must have photos of appropriate enclosures and wheels before we can offer hamsters and this can impact your individual wait time.
We retire hamsters for $35 - this includes our standard going-home package, provided you have an appropriate setup. Please reference our care guide for appropriate enclosures for retired hamsters. We also place breeder contract hamsters locally. We like to keep the option open for breeding, but we don't always end up needing to breed them. If we select a breeder contract hamster for breeding, we will refund you half of our total cost at that time. We keep breeder contract hamsters for up to 1 month during the breeding process to ensure we have successful outcome. If you adopt a retired or breeder contract hamster, we will offer you a free hamster pup from a future litter if/when you are ready for another hamster.
If applying for a hamster from us, please note your preference for a retiree or breeder contract hamster.
Queen Athena is a friendly, busy female available for retirement.
Hercules recently fathered a litter and will be available for breeder contract on 2/16/23.
Bat is a floofy, chonky, monster of a ham. He is a little bit shy, but does wonderfully once outside his enclosure. We are looking for a local breeder contract home for him.
Squish gave birth to her first litter on 1/20/23. Squish is a busy, friendly hamster. She will be available for retirement on 3/3/23.
Firestarter is due to give birth on 1/27/23. She will be available for retirement on 3/24/23. Firestarter is a sweet, cage-content female.
Spirit is available to go to a local breeder contract home. Spirit is a friendly, sweet male hamster.
Welcome to Poppy Bee Hamstery!
My name is Jess, I am an ethical Syrian hamster breeder in Clifton, Virginia. I am a proud member of the California Hamster Association and Ontario Hamster Club breeding networks in North America. We happily offer an alternative source to rodent mills and big box pet stores both locally and beyond.
We keep our hamsters in the same enclosures that we recommend to our adopters. We use 40-gallon breeder tanks, 50-gallon Sterilite converted stacker bins, and Prevue 528 cages. All of our hamsters have a 10 to 12-inch diameter running wheel, aspen wood shavings or paper bedding, and assorted enrichment items. We use the CHA and OHC's code of ethics as a guideline in both our care and breeding practices.
We are most concerned with health, temperament, and conformation of our hamsters. We select breeding hamsters from our litters based on these priorities.
We are currently focusing on the cinnamon gene and cinnamon combination colors, like Dove and Russian Blue. We have a secondary focus working with rust and rust combination colors like Chocolate. We work with Banded and Dominant Spot fur patterns, both Short and Longhaired, along with Satin fur coats. Within our litters we often have a range of colors due to working closely with colleagues in our ethical hamster breeding community! Golden (which is the wild type Syrian hamster color), Black, Chocolate, Rust, Cream, Yellow, Cinnamon, Dove, and Silver Grey show up in our litters.
We breed for correct body conformation as dictated by the National Hamster Council.
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