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Old 02-02-2021, 08:59 AM   #71
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I really struggled to get kits last year, many of my breeder friends stopped as didnt want to be overwhelmed with kits from people havign to cancel from travel restrictions or isolating etc.

The breeder ive found is actually 6 mins away and is on a break now until Easter time which is when I'd like a top up. I tend to try do 6 month gaps to spread ages out.. I certainly do not want a repeat of the situation I got into last year.

I usually say to anyone getting rats for the first time to get a trio, if they don't plan to have a huge mischief. That way you arent left with a lone rat if anything pops up.

My kits are quite boistrous atm, getting into the delightful teenage stage... I think Pelias will be tryign to challenge me a bit, fun fun!
I'm yet to have anything like that. My current 2 are the first ones I've had from kit, rest have been 6 months+. They're 7 months now and it's been a breeze if I'm honest.

Plenty of NFRS breeders to choose from except they're 1hr+ away from me and I don't drive

My alternative is to get a pair that need rehoming, quarantine, then intro. I don't know how many rats my cage can comfortably hold so I'll need to work that out. I think 8 is the absolute limit but probably wouldn't get anymore than 5 or 6.

I intend to keep on with the rats if I'm honest which is why I only got the 2. However with COVID, I wish I'd got a third
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Old 02-02-2021, 09:22 AM   #72
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Amity I've finished making my mix. I've attached a pic so you (and anyone else) can see what your mix could look like. It sounds all complicated and scary but essentially this is it...
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Old 02-02-2021, 10:36 AM   #73
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I did get grabbed with teeth - nothing major, no broken skin and you'd honestly think the marks were just tiny scratches if you did see them but they're really not obvious at all.

I could probably have quite a few more rats in this cage, but for me I'd probably stop at 5 rats especially with very active rats. I believe it has slightly less cubic feet than a double critter nation, but in the US it can be found in some cases for roughly the same cost as a single critter nation so it really is a much better value in terms of space. I think it's also a lot lighter in terms of weight than even a single critter nation though which can be beneficial as well.
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Old 02-02-2021, 03:18 PM   #74
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I did get grabbed with teeth - nothing major, no broken skin and you'd honestly think the marks were just tiny scratches if you did see them but they're really not obvious at all.

I could probably have quite a few more rats in this cage, but for me I'd probably stop at 5 rats especially with very active rats. I believe it has slightly less cubic feet than a double critter nation, but in the US it can be found in some cases for roughly the same cost as a single critter nation so it really is a much better value in terms of space. I think it's also a lot lighter in terms of weight than even a single critter nation though which can be beneficial as well.
When Rosie/Bloom have a nibble, what are you doing? Giving food? stroking? Holding? Picking them up? Is there a common factor?
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Old 02-02-2021, 03:47 PM   #75
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There doesn't seem to be much of a common factor that I'm seeing beyond a hand being in the cage which obviously they're going to have to just get used to. Bloom really doesn't seem to have the same issue - her nibbling is easily & quickly corrected.
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Old 02-04-2021, 07:47 AM   #76
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There doesn't seem to be much of a common factor that I'm seeing beyond a hand being in the cage which obviously they're going to have to just get used to. Bloom really doesn't seem to have the same issue - her nibbling is easily & quickly corrected.
Ah ok then. Just continue doing what you're doing 😊

You said you were going to try and make hammocks for them sometime, well when you do, make sure there's 2 exits or they'll make another one like my two have
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Old 02-04-2021, 08:32 AM   #77
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Two exits per hammock will definitely be a priority. I'd rather not encourage them to chew fabric(though nibbling and probably some small holes too seem likely enough)!
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Old 02-04-2021, 09:55 PM   #78
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It probably isn't the most exciting update, but I got to try boiled egg with Rosie & Bloom today(ideally would've given it much earlier of course). They were incredibly enthusiastic once they got past the initial unsure of something new stage - Bloom admittedly probably got most

The only negative thing I can really say about boiled egg is that it does fill a room with a smell I'd rather not have. However, with how much the rats enjoyed it and how healthy it is as an occasional extra I can tolerate the smell.
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Old 02-05-2021, 05:19 AM   #79
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It probably isn't the most exciting update, but I got to try boiled egg with Rosie & Bloom today(ideally would've given it much earlier of course). They were incredibly enthusiastic once they got past the initial unsure of something new stage - Bloom admittedly probably got most

The only negative thing I can really say about boiled egg is that it does fill a room with a smell I'd rather not have. However, with how much the rats enjoyed it and how healthy it is as an occasional extra I can tolerate the smell.
Consider yourself lucky ☺️ mine won't touch egg, chicken, wet dog food or tuna. Salmon and cod are hit and miss. White fish is amazing. So I'm at a loss. plant based protein like oats, lentils and soya beans are a hit though and they prefer it so 🤷*♀️
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I'm definitely glad that these two seem so easy to convince into trying new things so far. It also seemed to help give Bloom some extra confidence & trust with me holding the bowl most of the time - she's getting much better in general but loud noises and sudden movements can still make her be jumpy or run away a bit but she easily comes back a lot of the time!
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