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    Video of Orange Julius being cute

    This is Blue Apple Orange Julius. I really love this rat and he’s exactly what I breed for (but don’t always get). He’s a 7-month old Russian topaz buck turning velvet. Really nice guy who is sweet to people as well as his cage mates.…

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    Jazz Rats….!

    My rats last night, having a little fun while listening to Brad Mehldau…  …

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    Breeding continues…

    Update: I’m sorry to say that Goose won’t be having a litter, after all. But I’ll be mating up her sister sometime over the next few weeks. I hope that doesn’t disappoint too much! Attention WAITING LIST! This is a little video for those interested…

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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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    Bringing Down the Cost Of Vet Bills

        I know they are cute and I know they are fun, but rats are also quite expensive. It’s not the initial cost. Most people don’t worry about paying £15 for a rat. It’s not even the cages, though a cage big enough for…

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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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    Temperament Testing In Rats

    Much is made of early temperament testing in rats. Typically, a breeder will perform a number of tests including a “scruff” test, a human approach test (HAT), and a novel object test (NOT) as well as an open door test (ODT).   In the scruff…