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    10-Day-Old Baby Grooming Herself!

        Self-grooming is an innate behaviour displayed by all rats. There’s a great article about it on Isamu Stud’s website if you want to read more about it. My video here shows Hummingbird’s baby doe’s earliest attempt to self-groom. We think these are all…

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    Have a look at the new babies!

    As you know, my quicksilver doe Hummingbird had six babies on October 5th. You can see the proud dad and mum here. All six are well and healthy, and I thought you might like to have a little peek at them! Below is a video…

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    Hummingbird has six healthy babies!

    On the 5th of October, Blue Apple Hummingbird gave birth to six healthy babies, two does and four bucks! As you know, Hummingbird is a chocolate quicksilver doe. That means she has two copies of American mink and 2 copies of British blue, as well…

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    Preparing the Birth Cage

    ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€ It’s day 21 for Hummingbird, and it’s time to prepare for her birth cage. Most rats have their litters after 22.5 days of gestation. For now, I’m not setting up the web camera, but that will be tomorrow’s work! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€…

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    Hummingbird is looking pregnant!

    You can really see how pregnant Hummingbird is now, which is just as well as she’s due in only a few days. Rats often don’t show their pregnancies until late, and that’s in part because the foetuses don’t really grow much at all until those…

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    Socialising Pet Rats (especially the shy ones)

    I’ve been hearing of many people who are having difficulty socialising their pet rats. By “socialising” I mean that they want their rats to feel more comfortable being handled, spending time out of their cage, and engaging with different members of the family. Not only…

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    A New Generation

    It’s hard to imagine just how much goes into breeding rats. First, you need your foundation rats, which in my case came from a mix of Kiwi Stud rats and Meraki rats. Both Keera (Kiwi) and Jennifer (Meraki) are fantastic breeders and their rats are…

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    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.…

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    Kiko’s little ones!

    Kiwi Kiko, one of my Russian blue agouti does, had a litter the morning of Saturday, October 26th. The buck (not mine but another Kiwi boy!) is Kiwi Cluck, a Russian topaz velvet buk. Kiko is velvet, too, but not nearly as much as Cluck…

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    How To Introduce New Rats

    For years I dreaded introducing rats to one another. Or rather, I didn’t mind too much introducing does to each other — they were far more peaceable (usually), but I was scared to death of introducing male rats. I had good reason. Adult male rats…