Show us your RATLETS

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  1. Venomous_RBB

    Venomous_RBB Very Well-Known Member

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    ha ha, my girl looks like she has eaten a pear whole ;)
    My other girl is still early so I am not sure if she is very fat still or is pregnant.

    Edit - 8 Rittens were born yesterday morning - 18th, all are healthy, mum is feeding them and all seem to be about the same size, no runts :)

    Edit 2 - 8 Rittens were born to our other mum today - 19th, again, all are healthy, mum is feeding them, no runts :)
     
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    this one is def too cute for the freezer!
     

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    I think maybe you should reword this comment :)
     
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    They are all born the same-ish size, the fact that the mother has only 12 teats means that the first 12 that latch on, will hogg the teats and the remaining 7 will have to fight to drink, or go without.... this is when they become runts ;)

    When I have huge litters, If I have another mother with less babies about the same size, I spread the babies around with other mothers. If I have no mothers with babies similar age, I sometimes split the babies into 2 groups and move the mother between them, or periodically remove the biggest, healthiest (7 in your case) so the weaker ones get to get a drink. I have also had success giving excess babies to a mother who has just weened and she will lactate again and care for the 'imports' :) Rats are very caring creatures to the young of the species..... if you put a baby in with a new mother.... she just cares for it like it is her own:)
     
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    I've seen that before!
     
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    They are both great mum's, both have their "nest boxes" with their bubba's in and they are all looking pretty cute :)
    I tried to tell their gender but some are harder than others, I will just wait until they get fur and see if they have nipples :) The second lot of ritten's, it looks like there are more girls than boys, in the first litter, the opposite, I think there is only one female :/ Oh well, will wait and see :)
     
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    ^ Ha ha, love it :)

    Got some pic's of my pup's today(yes I call them pups :p).

    Litter 1 - 8 Pups, 3 female, 5 male - Mum is called Snow
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    Litter 2 - 8 Pups, 6 female, 2 male - Mum is called Spark
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    I like how some of them make realy good parents and watch your every move.
     
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    Yeah, they are both really good with me handling the pups though.
     
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    Yea, but I found out the hard way that the mums tend to be very protective and bite (hard!) if you try to go near the babies :shock: not to mention they launch themselves great distances very suddenly to bite you too :shock:

    Since a couple of bone deep bites, I always remove mum before touching the babies :lol:
     
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    I've never been bitten by a rat and none of my mums get defensive with their pups....I don't ever let them pay too much attention to my hands bur mums on babies I just give a little nudge and they generally move on and then I can pick the pups up and the mums dont do anything.
     
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    I only have a few protective mums but they are great mums so I'm not to fussed. They are never aggressive only if I bug them to much
     
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    Yea, I dont hold it against them.... they look really bewildered after they have bitten.... like to say "what did I do that for?":lol:

    It is just thier wired in defense mechanism.... only some do it.... but I just separate any mum before tampering with bubs just in case ;)
     
  15. My Bew had 10 babies tonight (wink wink David)
    And also a verigated black berk had a litter of 9 tonight.
     
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    One of the mum's has made a massive ball of nest - made from newspaper, can't even see the pups, lol.

    The other mum is currently suckling her pups, they are so cute :)
    Took some pics will have to upload them later.
     
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    I got another mum who has just had pups, awesome :)
     
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    Have 54 pups atm yay
     
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    Got lots and lots of rat pups at the moment and grow out weaners.
    Eeeppp!
    Time to buy more tubs.
     
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