I had a terrible time this winter trying to breed my rats. I started with some “older” does, but was a bit surprised that I didn’t even get one full litter!
It’s terrible because the buck was a Russian silver with a beautiful temperament and (so far!) robust health. That’s not always easy to find in a a Russian silver. But nature is what nature is, so I am starting with some new does later this year (2019).
The plan is to breed toward Russian blue roan, however this will be more a process than an instant event. I’m getting does from a mating planned for spring this year. I suspect I’ll get some Russian blue and Russian blue agouti with some spots on their bellies by the end of the year. Roan won’t show up until the following litter. I breed for both dumbo and top-eared rats.
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! 🙂
I handle all all my rats daily and handle the babies every day.
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. 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!