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. I am very involved with the fancy but I need to state that the National Fancy Rat Society DO NOT VET their listed ratteries so it only means I pay a small annual fee as a member.
I don’t run a waiting list but a “waiting pool”. I always choose the best applicants for my rats and am not a first-come-first-serve shop. However, it’s easy to get at the top of my list. Just be a home so outstanding I am desperate for my rats to go to you!
Let me know if you’d like an application to go on the waiting list for baby rats. I’m working on the new one now and will have an extensive application form with lots of links with information in it. My applications are non-binding. You are not obligated to get rats from me if you apply, but nor am I obligated to home rats to you either. I may not have rats available or may decide you aren’t the right home for the rats I do have. I will need to see your complete set up before homing rats to you.
I have two litters now, but will have homes for them from my waiting list, I’m sure. There will be quite a number of litters in mated up in September/October, however!
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! However, I don’t require a “bioactive” set up. That’s up to you! I do require a 14″ or larger wheel, high quality furnishings in the way of high quality hammocks, sputniks, perches, ledges, ropes, cargo nets, 2 water bottles (one usually for vitamins, though it’s possible to give vitamins in another form), and plenty of substrate to dig in. People who house their rats in fleece-lined cages will not be considered. You don’t have to take the middle out of your SRS or similar cage either…I quite like the middle in there, frankly, though I don’t mind if you take it out as long as there are many “fall-breakers”.
My rats live in the house with my family in Savid Royal Suite 95 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.
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. I don’t always succeed in getting rats in perfect health (right now, some of my babies have dry skin!) and I don’t boast longevity in my rats (some live a long time, some don’t).
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.
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.
I charge £20/rat and usually home in trios if there are no resident rats at home with you now. I sometimes have young adult rats available because I can’t keep every rat I “run on” from babyhood. I charge a nominal fee for them. I am very attached to them and make no compromises when I home them out.
(photo: courtesy of Amy Lockyer, who is the owner of two Blue Apple bucks)