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    Preparing the Birth Cage

    🐀🐀🐀 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! 🐀🐀🐀…

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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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    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…

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    Taming Baby Rats

    People get rats from lots of different places and they aren’t always the tamest of rats. There is no point telling someone who has just picked up a couple of unhandled babies that they ought to have looked for a breeder who selects for calm…