rats!

What I’m breeding now (velvet rats…!)

With Kiko’s babies now 10-weeks old and almost all homed out, and Elsa’s babies now 6.5 weeks old, I don’t have immediate plans for more litters. However, I will be mating up rats again either in May 2020 or a few months later than that. I will be hoping for lovely, friendly babies in Russian blue agouti and Russian topaz in both dumbo and top-eared.

I will have some (not many) rats available at 8 weeks if I get large litters. All my rats are handled daily and my babies are handled several times a day from about 3 weeks forward.

I breed for velvet rats, which are a bit of a mystery. We don’t fully understand the gene, which doesn’t act as a simple recessive like, say, dumbo ears. It shows up mostly in Russian rats or chins sometime around the 5-6 month mark. Your rat simply goes from looking “normal” to looking like someone switched it for a plush toy. 

I’ll be posting all their baby pictures on my Facebook page at Blue Apple Rattery, so that prospective new owners can watch as their babies grow up.

If you are interested in adopting some babies, please read my page all about adopting rats from Blue Apple Rattery.  I do have an application form. Just ask for it! 🙂

My rats spend a lot of time playing out of the cage and expect the same in their new homes! My rats go to the vet when they are ill and expect the same in their new homes. “Home remedies” are not enough.

Because I am a member of the National Fancy Rat Society here in Britain I am regularly in contact with people who breed rats. If I don’t have baby rats available, I am sure someone I know may soon. If I recommend a breeder it is because they breed ethically and, to my knowledge, have very nice rats.  However, breeders like those at the NFRS often have waiting lists, so unless you are very lucky you may have to wait a month or two (or three). In my opinion, it’s worth the wait! And if you need a rat fix, you can always visit a rat show!

I love you with a picture of Kiwi Cluck who is  velvet Russian topaz owned and loved by Keera Smith at Kiwi Stud. He is the father of my current babies from whom I’ll be breeding in 2020. 

 

 

I’ll be posting all their baby pictures on this site as well as on my facebook page, Blue Apple Rattery, so that prospective new owners can watch as their babies grow up.

If you are interested in adopting some babies, please read my page all about adopting rats from Blue Apple Rattery.  I do have an application form. Just ask for it! 🙂

My rats spend a lot of time playing out of the cage and expect the same in their new homes! My rats go to the vet when they are ill and expect the same in their new homes. “Home remedies” are not enough.

Because I am a member of the National Fancy Rat Society here in Britain I am regularly in contact with people who breed rats. If I don’t have baby rats available, I am sure someone I know may soon. If I recommend a breeder it is because they breed ethically and, to my knowledge, have very nice rats.  However, breeders like those at the NFRS often have waiting lists, so unless you are very lucky you may have to wait a month or two (or three). In my opinion, it’s worth the wait! And if you need a rat fix, you can always visit a rat show!

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