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#1297515 - 10/14/12 08:52 PM Creating a Colony (Two Trios)
StitchsMom Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
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Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
dance I officially have a colony of six! dance

I had two trios. One was a male/female/female (Trio 1) and one was a Male/male/female (Trio 2). Let's meet the gliders, shall we?

Trio 1:
Lafayette (neutered male-3yrs) - He is dominant, but sweet. He takes good care of his girls, but has a gentle demeanor about him.

Coraline (female-3yrs) - She is a shy girl, but very good. She can be skittish at times, but is anything but a mean gliders. She never bites and loves her family.

Keeper aka Moon (female-10months) - She is my little explorer. She can be "spazzy" but she is a very loving glider that adores cuddles and love.

Trio 2:
Gizmo (neutered male-14yrs) - He is my old man at approximately 14 years old. He has always been super sweet with people but he is protective of his family. Prior to his neuter, the one time he ever bit me was after I handled an intact male from another cage. I had no idea how he would act as a older glider with a history of being aggressive toward other males.

Sprocket (female-12yrs - She is my old lady at around 12 years old. She is a shy girl that is full of love. She has never particularly cared for change, but adjusts eventually so long as she has her family around to support her.

VanGogh (neutered male-5yrs) - He is a sweetie pie! He is my somewhat special needs boy in that he has some missing fingers and is missing an ear. He hears fine and gets around fine despite his handicap.

I wanted to blend these two for almost a year now. I'm just such a chicken. For months, I swapped pouches between the cages. Then, a couple months ago, I started just swapping the entire cage. I would put one trio in the other trio's cage and then do the same with the other.

Today, I did my first face-to-face intros. I chose the two I thought would get along best, Keeper and VanGogh. They hit it off right away! So, feeling encouraged, I brought out Gizmo to meet Keeper. That went great too! They acted like old friends. So, I decided to challenge myself and brought out Lafayette to meet Gizmo. I was prepared for the worst as I watched the two boys greet one another. Within moments, they were chirping and grooming and loving each other!!!

At that point, I tossed rules to the wind and just let all six out in the tub with me to see how it went. It was a love fest!!!! :lshower: I can't believe how easy it was. I can't believe how sweet they ALL were with each other. I'm astounded at how quickly they just accepted each other as one big family. Coraline was actually the last to come around and even she couldn't resist diving into the cuddle puddle with five other gliders.

It went so well that I went ahead and setup their colony cage tonight and got them all in there together. There hasn't been one crab or hiss out of any of them. I adore seeing them playing together and grooming one another. It's just amazing to watch. I actually teared up!

Unfortunately, I did not have my camera handy so I couldn't get any pics of them all together. Don't worry! I will get some eventually and I can't wait to share!

For now, I'm just elated that I HAVE A COLONY!!!! clap
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#1297525 - 10/14/12 09:25 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Drea Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
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Loc: New York
I am SO happy for you.
It's my dream to eventually have a big colony.
I'm so glad it went well and they're all in love, that's an awful lot of gliders to get along so well <3
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#1297529 - 10/14/12 09:43 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
xsweettartx Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 835
Loc: Virginia
Congratulations!
I hope to have something like this at some point. It's really great that they just all accepted each other!
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#1297533 - 10/14/12 09:51 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
xSwtxSugaX Offline
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Registered: 11/21/10
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Yay!! Congrats Jenny! How exciting! We want pics very very soon!! smile
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#1297538 - 10/14/12 10:11 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
StitchsMom Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 10569
Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
I'm dying to get pics, but it's playtime and they will NOT hold still. rofl I'm going to try to get a pic in the morning. I'm crossing my fingers that all six cram into one pouch. heart

I think the year of pouch/cage swapping helped a lot. These guys have been neighbors for more than three years. Of course, it helped tremendously that my boys are fixed and I know them well. I could predict which gliders may be troublemakers.

I'm also not out of the woods yet. I'm not naive enough to think that. I'm feeling confident enough to leave them together in one cage after an exhausting play time, but I'm still going to keep a close eye for awhile until I feel 100% comfortable. Things seem to be going great so far though! They keep taking turns having grooming sessions with each other. It's really, really cute. grin
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#1297548 - 10/14/12 10:41 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Drea Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
Posts: 1637
Loc: New York
I love that you profiled them like that, I kept referring to it as I read about who you introduced first, and the different combinations.
I think it would be a super interesting topic in glider talk for us to all profile our gliders.
I'm going to start it and see where it goes <3
The idea is totally thanks to you though...
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#1297554 - 10/14/12 11:16 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Sweet As Suggies Offline
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Registered: 10/09/12
Posts: 1114
Loc: MI
I'm so happy to read this! :thumb2:

I thought I did well introducing just two gliders together... :yes:

You tearing up while watching your babies actually made me smile because it's something I would do, and I love knowing others are just as crazy about their little ones.

Congratulations on the merge :ghug:
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#1297600 - 10/15/12 06:29 AM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
IslandGliders Offline
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Registered: 08/29/10
Posts: 4182
Loc: Maine
Congrats! That is wonderful, and amazing to read!

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#1297609 - 10/15/12 08:11 AM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
SugarGliderLove Offline
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Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 853
Loc: US
Contrats. I know how happy you are thats how I felt when my quad became a quad.

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#1297618 - 10/15/12 08:27 AM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
DCMuffin Offline
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Registered: 03/21/10
Posts: 28202
Loc: Washington D.C. Metro Area
Well it's about TIME! rofl

I'm SO happy for you, Jenny. I know this is what you've wanted so clap !!! Can't wait to see pictures.
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#1297626 - 10/15/12 08:44 AM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Terry Offline
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Registered: 04/29/12
Posts: 4964
Loc: Maryland
Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and for all of the gliders!
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#1297663 - 10/15/12 01:02 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
StitchsMom Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 10569
Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
Thanks everyone! I'm very, very excited about this. I'm ecstatic that it's working out so far.

As of this morning, two girls from one trio (Coraline and Keeper) are in one pouch and the rest of the gang (Lafayette, Gizmo, Sprocket, and VanGogh) are all in another pouch. Everything is peaceful so that's good.

I did witness a small spat between VanGogh and Keeper when Keeper tried to climb into the pouch he was in. It wasn't bad enough to separate them or anything, but it was something I decided to note.

I can't wait for play time tonight! dance
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#1297665 - 10/15/12 01:11 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
tab Offline
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Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 472
Loc: Upstate SC
Congrats. I dream of having a pet colony too. I can't wait.
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#1297688 - 10/15/12 03:19 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
TChaney Offline
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Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 2
Loc: NY
I have 9 babies and I would like to eventually get them all in one cage, but I am so chicken of introducing them to each other. I have 5 in one cage, 2 in another cage, and 2 in another cage. What is the best way to introcue them to eac other?

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#1297723 - 10/15/12 04:11 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
ssuver Offline
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Registered: 03/14/10
Posts: 1616
Loc: Texas, U.S. 76022
It sounds like it is going well! But... We are still waiting on pics.
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#1297734 - 10/15/12 04:22 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Kathryn Offline
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Registered: 07/18/12
Posts: 1176
Loc: BC, Canada
Congratulations! I'm super jealous, I want a big colony like that one day. smile
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#1297974 - 10/16/12 12:44 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
yiyo Offline
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Registered: 06/08/11
Posts: 7560
Loc: Long Island, NY
That's awesome!
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#1297980 - 10/16/12 01:02 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
mmatt Offline
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Registered: 04/05/11
Posts: 1426
Loc: Panama City, FL
Yay! Congrats, glad it's going well
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#1298304 - 10/17/12 06:39 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Wisteria11 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/12
Posts: 54
Loc: Greentown,Indiana
Congrats on everything!
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#1298305 - 10/17/12 06:41 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Wisteria11 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/12
Posts: 54
Loc: Greentown,Indiana
i hope all goes well for you aswell goodluck!
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#1298336 - 10/17/12 07:29 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
StitchsMom Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 10569
Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
I promise I'm trying to get pics. I figured it would be easy. I'd just catch them all in the pouch. Well, this is all they would give me. Silly gliders! shakehead


So far, everything seems to be going pretty smoothly. VanGogh and Keeper are still working out some issues. I can tell she wants to do the right thing, but he wants to be dominant and she doesn't submit. That leads to little spats between the two. Maybe it's because she is my young one in the cage and she just doesn't know exactly how to handle him yet or maybe she just isn't one to roll over easy. dunno I do know that nothing has happened that has been so terrible that I felt anyone needed to be separated. They have a lot of space with extra pouches so if VanGogh wants his space, Keeper just gives it to him.

Other than that, everyone gets along like long lost friends. I truly believe that in time, these two will figure things out. I find it ironic that they were the first two I introduced because they are so easy going. They got along famously then! Now that everyone is actually living the colony life, I think it's a matter of sorting out their places with each other.
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#1298515 - 10/18/12 12:43 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
StitchsMom Offline
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Loc: IL (St. Louis area)


This one is a little better than the blur of fur in the last pic. rofl
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#1298517 - 10/18/12 12:47 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
yiyo Offline
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Posts: 7560
Loc: Long Island, NY
Awe! They look so cute!
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#1298534 - 10/18/12 02:05 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Owndbymyfurballs Offline
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Registered: 09/18/07
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Loc: Kansas
Too cute! I miss having a colony of six! I hope to get there again someday. (Mine was a family colony though. I had mom, dad (neutered), two sons (neutered), and two daughters.)
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#1298742 - 10/19/12 12:59 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
xSwtxSugaX Offline
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Registered: 11/21/10
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AWWW!! So cute Jenny!

Its about time we got these pics!!

So happy for you and your little colony! :lshower:
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#1298744 - 10/19/12 01:02 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
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Aaaaaw! I can't wait until my suggies are this cute together.
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#1300375 - 10/24/12 07:23 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
StitchsMom Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
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Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
Just a little update:

For a few days, I kept finding Keeper (and another glider, but which one varied) in a pouch on their own. Then, for a few days, I kept finding Keeper in a pouch alone while the other five were in a pouch together. It was kind of breaking my heart. I even considered pulling her out with her mom or dad and putting them in a separate cage, but I decided to let them continue working on their dynamic.

I'm glad I did! Today, for the first time since the new colony came together, I found all SIX babies in one pouch together! dance WOO-HOO!!!

Warning, this pic is terrible, but I wanted to document the moment! You'll have to trust me that all six are in this cuddle puddle. wink


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#1300376 - 10/24/12 07:28 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
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#1300380 - 10/24/12 07:41 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Drea Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
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I think you should totally bring the term "cuddle puddle" into popularity as I love it. Also, congrats! So happy for you and your fuzz balls!
<3
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#1300436 - 10/24/12 10:16 PM Re: Creating a Colony (Two Trios) [Re: StitchsMom]
Sweet As Suggies Offline
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Good job! See...even your example shows sometimes we need to have even more patience :ghug:
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