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01-18 16:25

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Do let me know if you would like to be part of my rattie mailing list for when I have new cute pics or updates! Just write RATS! in bold and I will squeal, feel honoured and send you a squishy rat hug in happiness!


Hello guys!

We will be using this thread for general updates on our rattery, pics, new ratties and any future litters :). So check back or spy if you want to see more ratties :).

I thought I'd tell you lovely people all about Diction and I's small rattery if you would like to see and read? D and I have ALWAYS had rats, long before we met each other over ten years ago, and long, long before we started living together over five years ago :). I used to have the occasional hobby bred litter and would show them under the National Fancy Rat Society, D did a lot of work with rescues in Ontario :).

Up until last year at most we had four rats together. Our last older pair died last year - my dear girls Athena and Pandora. Anyone who has had and appreciated rats will know that despite their short life spans - they are a total joy to own, with such unique personalities and traits. Plus of course they are absolutely adorable, playful and gentle creatures.

While looking for a couple of rats to buy after our girls passed away I realized there are just....no rat breeders in our area. At all. We found a couple of feeder breeders (people who breed rats/mice for reptile food, and will sell them as pets too, but they generally aren't well looked after/socialized) and of course pet shops have them - but we refuse to buy from pet shops, as it supports a very shady trade when it comes to small rodents.

We ended up getting some help from some rattie friends, and bought four boys. Since then we have also adopted one girl and bought four other girls. We are in contact with several breeders further afield, as we would love to show again, and maybe have the odd litter, breeding for lifespan, health and personality first and foremost. We decided never to breed from a respy rat for example.

For D's birthday this year, I bought her a new rat cage! It is HUGE and can hold up to SEVENTEEN rats, we absolutely had to take some silly pictures while putting it together!

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D poses in the base of the cage!

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One half of the cage!

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So big I had to get IN the cage to deck it out!

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Done and together! The cage is bigger then us - see the doors in the front? That is where I fit through to decorate the cage, right up to my hips, to give an idea of the sheer size!

Now on to the rats!

First I shall show you Rain. Rain is our adopted, beautiful girl. She is a red eyed Himalayan. She was up for adoption because she apparently 'bullied her brothers' and her name was 'Clive'. We think more likely they wrongly sexed the rats, panicked when they realized she might be pregnant and dumped her on a rescue. Clive was renamed Rain and quite how anyone could bear to part with her beats me. She has SO MUCH personality. So much.

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She is a dumbo (for non-ratty people, dumbo is where the ears are set on the head - top ear have normal ears, dumbos have low set ears - that is the only difference).

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She is a typical doe - interested in everything, naughty, mischevious and bulshy! She decided she REALLY wanted milkshake. Even if that meant stealing D's straw multiple times, and trying to pry her mouth open to get to said, delicious milkshake!

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I think you'll find that milkshake is MINE.

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No really, it's mine, give me that straw!

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What do you mean it isn't my milkshake? Vanilla is my favourite!

After wearing herself out silly, she then tends to fall asleep curled up beside D, or curled up on D!
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Caught both napping in the day!
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Time to meet our other rats, we haven't had them quite as long as Rainy, so less pics of them, so far!

Time to meet the boys! First up is Eric. Eric is our beautiful black hooded top ear, with some really stunning hood markings, check out that lovely stripe!

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Cuteness that is Eric!

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Eric kindly shows us where we forgot to rat proof - the one thing! Thanks Eric!

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We feed our ratties on a customized diet, Eric shows how yummy it is! Being natural scavengers, rats have actually shown depression when placed on a pelleted/blocked food over a mixed food! We also feed fresh with breakfast and dinner daily, plus a daily supplement :).

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He really likes cereal ;).

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Kitties aren't a problem, all our animals are introduced :).

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Even Mozart!

Next rattie boy is lovely Santino. He is a black self dumbo and has the sweetest nature. Very friendly, not QUITE as bulshy and confident as Eric and very, very licky, he constantly gives kisses :).

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He is rather gorgeous, look at those feet!

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Exploring Santino!

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Santino peaking out his cuddle pouch!

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Santino and Eric, double trouble!

Moving along to boy number three - this is handsome little Nyx, Nyx is also a dumbo. He is a black bareback :).

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Why yes, I'm adorable!

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Nyx attempts to back up in to Santino, oops!

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Wink! Nyx is up to something!

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Spotted back!

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Omnomnom mealworm!

And the final boy, this is Lucifer aka Luka. Luka came to us VERY shy indeed, but he gains confidence every single day. I don't have many pics of him as he has only just started to free-range as eagerly as the other boys :). Luka is a Russian Blue top eared Berkshire.
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One of the very first times he ventured out the cuddle pouch, hence his nervous body language, bless him!
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Look at that face and those whiskers!
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Three boys after lots of playtime, back to the pouch they want, meaning - time to sleep and go back to cage!
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Now on to the little girls. They are still little babies, younger then Luka and Nyx, we only got them last weekend. They are, lika Luka, growing in confidence every single day and now beg at the bars for tummy rubs and treats! These pics were taken the day after they arrived however, so they were still nervous here!

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Bag o'rats! Four little girls in this bag, while Rain walks on top of them like a silly!

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Rat pile on D! All of the new girls are top eareds. Two agouti berkshires, one agouti self and one silver fawn self.

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Rat butts!

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Philadelphia (named after my late grandmother) at the front, Gypsy behind and Velvet behind Gypsy. You cannot see Lace in this photo!

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Little Lacey :).

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Philly, this picture was taken to show her lovely belly colouration.

And that is it currently. We have some newbies joining the rattery in the next few weeks and I shall be sure to post them here, plus any litters in the future.













01-18 18:27

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I wish I had rats they are so pretty, love the new cage :XD

Do you have to clip the doors on with extra things or do they not try to escape, or are the doors stronger than rats? :smile
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01-18 18:28

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Oh I just *love* Luka.
So cute! I'm glad they have a little rat mansion. :smile
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01-18 19:49

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My mom used to have rats when she was little<3 Yet she refuses to let me get one of my own.

Your ratties are adorable. I expecially love the coloring of Philly.
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01-18 20:06

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aww, they're so cute! They look like a blast to have as a pet.
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01-18 20:47

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Philly is beautiful!

We don't have too many rat breeders where I live either. Sterling I got from petco. She was an "oops litter", but because she was born there, they aren't sold as feeders.

Cricket I went to a lady. While I think cricket was younger than I was told .. she is by far sweeter out of my two. I don't think the lady I got her from is a "real breeder" but more of a casual breeder. But because of how friendly Cricket has been, I think I will go back to her when I choose to get boys.

But I would totally adopt from you if we lived closer! That cage is amazing :love And here I was impressed with my Critter Nation. That looks pretty sweet.
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But I would totally adopt from you if we lived closer! That cage is amazing :love And here I was impressed with my Critter Nation. That looks pretty sweet.



^ Agreed.
I think there will be too many people in America wanting your ratties so you should come here with them. ;D
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Thanks so much for all the lovely comments guys! :smile

Keeper - the doors are thankfully stronger! The cage is actually a ferret cage, so you can imagine - it is rather sturdy indeed, as ferrets are notorious escape artists! hehe

Flutter.pony - I think I could fit in there and live with them in said rat mansion ;). Hmm, moving to America purely to provide rats? Might be a little bit of a change!

Unconventional - the difference between pet store rats and breeder rats is amazing! I could never adopt from a pet shop again, you can't beat breeder bred rats (assuming it is a good breeder anyway that handles them often from a young age!)

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You should know I am on the plane!!

They are so adorable! I think Philidelphia is just stunning!
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Yes, Cricket was handled since she was tiny tiny. Her and Sterling are just so different. I played with Sterling a lot ... and she was born at a pet store, but I didn't think that would make her temperament so different. She hates being pet or handled.
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I have to say, your cage is pretty awesome. If I had the space for something like that . . . :XD Alas, I'll have to stick to my small three-level and average-sized flat.

You have such gorgeous rats! Much luck with your rattery. Little Rain is especially pretty.

I love rats, they're so much fun. I think this is my seventh year owning rats? I just purchased a pair of girls from a breeder a few weeks ago. There aren't many breeders in my area - we had to drive for a while to get my girls. My previous pair, one of whom I still have, were from a pet store, the pair before that from a shelter. I agree that there is such a difference between breeder and pet store rats! I've got a hairless and a rex. They're sweet little darlings.

Your litters are sure to turn out gorgeous with parents like those. :happy
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You have some amazing rats!

I love Lucifer/Luka and Santino. Rain looks just like my Nexxy though so shes amazing too! I love your babies ^_^
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Update on our little rattery! The babies we have been patiently waiting for have arrived, plus two rescues who were bought for snake food, then the person couldn't do it... Rescues were here first and were playing and living with our boys the SECOND day we had them! New boys only arrived on Sunday and we intend to introduce today and see how it goes, while they are still young. Rain and the girls are all now happily living together, and D's birthday present from me may have been another Furet Tower - oops!

I have some pics of you of the new guys, plus some general pics of the ladies and gents in the rat room :).

Pictures!


First I'll show the new arrivals :smile

This is Theo. Theo was one of our rescues, bought for live snake food, but then the man couldn't to it, so dumped them on the first people he could find. They were nameless, on woodchips, fed hamster food in a hamster cage. Theo is a sweet little agouti hood.

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Again in the big cage:

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Theo's brother came with him too, well, we assume it is his brother as the same age and were purchased together. The saddest part is they were from a breeder - a breeder unknowingly sold them as rat food :(. This little boy we have named Zillah, and he is a black hoody.

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A picture of when they arrived together, still a bit nervous here!

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It wasn't long till they had intro'd to our boys seemlessly and were in the big cage. I'm not sure how...but SIX rats managed to squidge in this large sputnik!

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Next up are our breeder boys we recieved on Sunday. Stunning and very friendly and active, they are lots of fun! First pic is of the two brothers - the buff on the right hand side is Silvanoshei (Silvan) and the champagne on the left hand side is Gilthanas (Gilthas).

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Boy in the front of this photo is Gilthas, the black hoody next to him is Tanis, the champagne at the far right is the boy the breeder kept :).

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Silvan when he was younger, about four weeks.

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And for the squee factor - about a week old, with their brothers!

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Uh oh...it's oatmeal time!

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Oatmeal? Or perhaps boiled egg is more your thing?

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All mine!

Or perhaps you prefer your eggs scrambled with sweetcorn and garlic?

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Or maybe you have a sweet tooth and would prefer dried papaya like Santino?

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Distracting 'Team Ping' (the girls) with yogurt when Rain was newly introduced to them - all four girls are there, you can just see Philly's nose to the right under the rest of them!

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Just give us the pot!

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More distractions - delicious millet sprays!

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All rats were given some yummy rawhide.

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Team Ping showing their wine rack toy - which is the best ever apparently!

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Santino proving males can be athletic too!

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My little monkey-face, Nyx!

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Wave bye-bye Gypsy!

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So cute! I had no idea they liked rawhides, yogurt and millet seeds. Your thread is giving me so many ideas for their birthday party! My girls will be turning one on Valentines Day, so I wanted to spoil them a bit.

We already give them the occasional piece of chicken, turkey, eggs and bacon. The chicken and eggs are their favorite though.
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I love all your ratties!
When I saw the picture of Zillah I thought he would be thinking "Hmm..Can I have my thinking time alone, please?"

I love Nyx and Silvan the most out of the current pictures.But everyone else is also very cute. c:
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Silvan says hello! We intro'd the boys successfully last night :happy and they are already sleeping and eating together like old buddies!

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You can see Silvan, Santino and Theo (the others had ran off after grabbing mouthfuls of egg) enjoying their breakfast of scrambled egg, cucumber, broccoli and peppers.

Also - we will be using this thread to do any rattery updates - so new babies will be posted here, plus any future litters and photos :).

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So cute! I had no idea they liked rawhides, yogurt and millet seeds. Your thread is giving me so many ideas for their birthday party! My girls will be turning one on Valentines Day, so I wanted to spoil them a bit.

We already give them the occasional piece of chicken, turkey, eggs and bacon. The chicken and eggs are their favorite though.



Yeah, being the little scavengers they are they will eat and love most things! Rats absolute favourite food (by studies in fact!) is scrambled eggs, mac and cheese and sweetcorn (in that order). So scrambled egg being full of good protein and healthy fat, they often get it for breakfast, or oatmeal, yogurt, tuna etc.

Millet sprays are amazing, they strip them down, and they are a great stimulating treat :). Rawhides I give occasionally between wood chews like apple branches, pigs ears etc.

Idea for a birthday cake for your girls - a slice of apple, topped with cream cheese or yogurt 'frosting' and decorated with pulled millet or hemp seeds, with a piece of dried fruit on top :).

Thank you watermelonfairy :). Zillah looks rather plotting in that photo, hehe.

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Glorfindel, those rats are too cute! :3

Do they shed?
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LilyTurtle - a little, but really nothign much to worry about, just the odd hair here and there, not like a cat or dog :).

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Today it was food day - the ratties had run out of their food, and so it was time to make them up a new mix. I make my own rat mix as I like to know what is going in to it and make sure they have high quality food stuffs. Totally worth it, they eat every, single morsel and want more more more!

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here is all the stuff as it arrived! I use a base of Harrisons banana brunch - no added colours, no additives, high quality item. At the left there you can see three bags of my rat base - flakes and grains, this is a basic rat mix which includes all the base carbs like oats, hemp and millet along with protein sources from insects and sea creatures - yum yum ;). To that I add a big cereal mix, dried pasta, Burns chicken and rice dog kibble (just chicken, rice and oil - one of the highest quality dog foods available), mixed peas, rice cakes, egg biscuit food (while they are young) and I finish it with dried veg flakes (tomato, carrot, beetroot and two types of pepper) and lots of garlic powder and kelp!

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Half way mixed!

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All mixed apart from a little too much pasta and rice cake on top, this will mix in when I go upstairs and decant some in to the smaller container :).

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Well, a lot has gone on since the last update. We got some new ratties we had been waiting on for a while, and found out two of the girls we bought a few weeks ago were...pregnant! They are only babies themselves and we were very, very concerned about this. The silly lady who we bought from had kept them in with their brothers right up until they left her. Baaad news. Two out of four of the does were pregnant.

First, meet some newbies!

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Currently unnamed self black girl - her mummy rejected her, so we took her from three weeks, she is titchy!

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Meet Whisper! First day home and hiding in D's top - she is a Cinnamon Essex :).

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Currently unnamed boy. He is capped agouti with a lightning blaze :).

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Also unnamed (we need to catch up!), another capped agouti, this time a spotted downunder.

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Downunders have colour on their bellies, where it is normally white. Flash has wahed out his colour a bit, but he isn't an excellent example of the type - not that it matters one jot :).

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This is Jenna, she is a Red-Eyed Devil. The picture was taken with flash, which washes out her markings. She is about 6 weeks old now. For those who don't know about this type of rat. RED's are born black with red eyes which silvers out to the colour she is now, almost a minky-fawny colour (some retain more black then others/some almost stay black apart from their faces or take longer to change) with gorgeous white 'mask' markings around her nose and face (the flash has washed them out - she has them above her eyes and around his mouth and nose). Their eyes are a different type to the pinks and rubys - a true RED red, VERY luminous, they almost glow in their sockets! Like a little fire within! A very unusual colour currently.

The other newbies are a Russian Dove called Mirror, a Pearl called Skie and a Mink called Rumil, a male RED called Dalamar, another Downunder, currently unnamed and two more Russian blues one called Sasha, still thinking of a name for the lady.

Now pics of other things!

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Theo enjoys some popcorn cuddled up in my nightgown!

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Rain and Philly fall asleep on D.

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After a long day of sleeping and eating, Theo retires to...sleep some more on my computer chair!

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Our champagne boy Gilthanas shows his gorgeous bi-eyes.

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Lacey on the day we thought 'hmmm, she is getting fat..."

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Only a couple of days later - so we seperated them in to a birthing cage.

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When we first put them in there...

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Mount Rattius!

The girls have since BOTH given birth, I can hear tiny little 'eep eeps!' coming from the cage :D. Will update with pics when the ladies leave the nest :).

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The girls have since BOTH given birth, I can hear tiny little 'eep eeps!' coming from the cage :D. Will update with pics when the ladies leave the nest :).



Ooh, happy baby sounds! Can't wait to see pics of the new deliveries!
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Now, before I go and feel ill and sorry for myself in bed, a little update. We checked on the nest and between them they have had 21 beautiful babies. All full of milk and looking active and healthy. Both mums are doing brilliantly.

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One decided to have her babies in her hammock, the other underneath - bunk bed babies. What a little cheer up to have before crawling back to bed :).

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Bunk bed babies, heheh ^^

They're all so lovely! Do you plan on keeping the babies, or are you going to rehome some of them?
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Oh congrats!
They're so cute!! :happy
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Oh my you really have a awesome rat family now! Though a little confused how many ratties do you have now(babies excluded) as all the new updates are overwhelming! I hope your breeding goes well and all your litters are healthy and strong :smile . Are you going to make a website for your breeder?


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Aww, rats are awesome! :happy Congrats on the gigantically gigantic cage, and all the beautiful rats. Theo's markings are just gorgeous. My grandma actually used to have a cat named Cleo that had very similiar markings and colors.

I don't have rats myself, I have gerbils. :smile
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Calzico - we may be tempted to keep a couple ;). But yes, we already have some people interested and haven't been actively trying to find homes yet!

Siberian Tigress - not including babies we have 26 currently! We do have a website and will post it here when updated as it is a little behind at the moment! :smile

Agent Blitz - thanks so much! Theo is an agouti hooded :).



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Update on babies! :smile Seems we didn't have the right count first time round, there are 24 babies, not 21! These pictures were taken when they were 4 days old, they are now 7 days old and we should be actually taking some update pictures today :). Markings are coming through now too - seven blazes! Wedges mostly, but some lightning and broken. Look like badgers and/or berkshires. Possibly dumbos, but hard to tell at this age. Rest seem to be berks and selfs :).

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The blaze babies.

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Lightning blaze second to right, and little wedge blaze with spot above it on far right.

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All babies!

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The boys first try of Dr. Squiggles daily vitamins/minerals. I...think they like it ;). Over half the entire boys cage residents going crazy trying it!

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Glorfindel, those babies are precious!

Are you gonna keep them all?
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