Blue Apple Rattery is a National Fancy Rat Society rattery located near Reading, Berkshire. My rats are my own personal pets and I breed a few times a year for healthy, calm (within reason!) rats that like people and get along well with other rats. Let me know if you’d like an application to go on the waiting list for baby rats. I have an extensive application form with lots of links with information in it. Yes, I need you to do some homework before I put you on the waiting list.
If you really want rats from me the smartest thing you can do is go to youtube and find Isamu Rat Care where Jemma Fettes, who is a breeder I respect more than I can describe here, has dozens of videos to explain how to care for rats. I’m about ready to make her videos require watching for prospective homes — that’s how good she is! Here is the link:
My rats live in the house with my family in very large cages, but they come out every day to play. I often fold laundry with a rat on my shoulder and I can’t recall the last time I watched a film without several rats milling about near me. I work hard to make sure my rats have an enriched environment and lots of fun. I only home to owners who keep their rats in similar conditions. That is, they must live a house in large cages with lots for the rats to do. Plus, they must have plenty of time outside of their cages – every day. If you are thinking of getting babies from me you are welcome to see my rats by Zoom appointment as Covid19 prevents me from inviting you to my house.
Important: PLEASE never put your dog, cat, bird, etc. near your rats. These infuriating photos of kittens and rats together inspire people to do something similarly stupid like that. Rats are naturally afraid of cats so you are stressing them, plus you never know what your dog/cat might do. My tiny 8kg dog once decided to kill a wild rabbit. Only one in her life, but it was just as dead. Your adult rat will kill a budgie or a pet mouse outright, by the way.
In 2021 I will be breeding for Russian “velvet” which is a coat type (very soft fur), but only about half will have that coat. My varieties are Russian blue agouti and Russian topaz in top-ears and dumbo. I may get Russian blue and Russian buff. I will ALSO be breeding for havana and related colours, which may include American mink chocolate, dilute buff, and dilute topaz. These are standard coated rats and likely to be top-eared. My havana line is directly derived from another breeder who I hold in high esteem: Zephyr Stud. You can learn more about Zephyr stud by visiting the website Zephyrrats.co.uk.
My babies are handled from birth and given lots of toys and opportunities to dig, climb and gnaw. I try to breed rats that are pretty enough to show (I don’t often win much, but I try!) and are heathly, happy individuals.
Rats are best housed with at least two other rats, so babies are usually homed in trios unless you have other rats already to which you can introduce them. Occasionally, when stuck, I will home in pairs (because I don’t have a trio!) and you can have a pair of rats from me if you plan to add to them later, though this is generally much easier with does than with bucks (until you get used to bucks anyway).
None of the rats I home as pets may be used for breeding purposes. However, if you want to learn how you can become a breeder, I can point you in the right direction through the NFRS and you can learn all you need.
If you’d like to apply for some baby rats or just want to drop me a message, I’d delighted to hear from you!
(photo: courtesy of Amy Lockyer, who is the owner of two Blue Apple bucks)