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I'm a rat dork now. Rat chat thread!

Discussion in 'Oh, Rats!' started by Poisoned, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    No, don't know of any good ratteries around here.

    My first rat, Ninja, lived to be around 3.5 without a health problem ever, as did all of his brothers. They had pretty diverse genetics, the guy I got them from told me he moved from out of country with their parents (not sure how international rat shipping works O_o ), bred them to dumbo/regular feeder rats here, and then got mine from those breedings. I love rex rats. So I plan on breeding for, or buying a healthy female rex/carrier with healthy lines to eventually breed with one of Ninja's sons I have, keeping a daughter and breeding her to a male rex.

    I want to keep my original rat's lines going, for personal reasons. BUT health, longevity and temperament are the biggest factors for me. And finding good homes for everyone else. Which I plan to line up before I even decide on the parents.
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  2. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    Well you're in luck because Rex is dominant no carriers needed :-)
  3. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Though I've been hearing if you breed a rex to a non-carrier/normal you'll likely end up with both in a litter.

    I'm actually pretty concerned that Lilith is preggo with Sam, my friend left the cage open when she dropped hers off here and I found those two together a couple weeks ago maybe, hoping she's just fat. Really not sure what I would do with the babies. I wouldn't breeder her for anything but feeder rats, much less with her son.
  4. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    Yes Rex is dominant so a Rex to any rat will give you Rex, but the best Rex usually come from a double Rex ( a rat that got 2 pairs of the gene from 2 Rex parents) to a standard coat rat
  5. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    when i very first got rats i wanted 2 males, well my sister wanted to pick one of them out and i stressed to her "make SURE its a male and has balls"
    hse assured me it was as they were tucking iti nto the box got home and suprise! hers was a normal coated female hoody and mine was a rex with double rex genes(he wasnt patchy or bald but his siblings were)

    needless to say we ended up with 13 babies 15 rats alltogether but i kept them all. and out of all 13 babies we ended up with only 4 normal coated the rest where rexs and NONE were hoodies all were solids like dad dad was a solid grey like my new dumbo we had 4 solid creme (color of mom) and 9 solid greys like dad
  6. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Poor old Shredder is sneezing again and slow. He is old and has had it rough, but I had hoped he had some good time still in him.

    And now Lilith is sneezing after her little overnight adventure when she got out, and froze all night. And she's looking fat :( I suppose I'll just rehome the babies if she IS pregnant, I don't think I have it in me to dispose of them. It just takes me so long to place them because I am so darn picky about who gets them.

    Rats are a trip.
  7. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    Awww, poor things, upper respritory infections are SOO damn hard to cure in these guys. and once htey are taken care of they just come RIGHT back.

    i heard of someone whos rat kept getting an upper respritory infection just from beig too close to a fish tank.

    my new ratty cage is near completion, i would make a terrible carpenter! while working on it i was just cussin up a storm.

    got the entertainment center into the house from the garage, put wood panels on the back to cover hte opening, coverd the entire inside with clear contact paper (water proof and easy clean up) cut out hols to lead from one shelf to another, put in some loop screws to hang hammocks up with and added a few of my own shelves. now all i have left to do is to staple the wire mesh onto the entire front half and voila a huge ratty home all built on about 15 bucks.

    and seeing as how its sooo huge for only 2 rats..i MAY get a few more to add to it.
  8. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Yay! Rat people!!!

    I breed rats! I have hairless, siamese and rex......not to mention the lot of normals, dumbos and satins (which are all going to a guy I know that needs new blood for his breeding operation.

    Here's a few pics :)

    This is Roxy, one of our hairless rats.




    Mixture of Rex, Hairless and Siamese males


    This little guy is "Cy". He is completely missing one eye. His parents were retired and sent to new homes after he was born.

    rats cy.jpg

    We also breed Egyptian Spiny Mice. What cool little critters.
  9. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Some pics of the Spinys

    egyptian spiny mice.jpg

    egyptian spiny mice babies.jpg
  10. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    I miss my rats a lot. :( I have had four... three males and a female... I don't know if I will have rats again. They are a lot of fun to have around but the short lifespans takes a toll.
  11. Ali132

    Ali132 Good Dog

    You guys are making me so jealous with your hairless rats! The lady from the expo never called so I'm just going to have to ask my boss if he can some how get them in.
  12. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I've never found a hairless rat around here. I'm seen Skinny Pigs, but not rats. A friend of mine had a hairless male, but he got ill and passed away recently - otherwise I was going to use him for my project. But his owner was an a-hole and didn't make the smallest of efforts to save him. I mean.. Keeping a hairless rat alone, in a cold cage, with no shelter to hide in, and in newspaper. He got sick fast.

    Beautiful ratties you guys have!
  13. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    I'm kind of addicted to hairless animals. I've had hairless rats and a sphinx cat but I've never got the chance to own a skinny pig yet. They're so awesome.
  14. Ali132

    Ali132 Good Dog

    Same lol, I've had 3 sphynx, a abundance of Chinese cresteds, my sister had a skinny pig but was allergic and now I need a hairless rat!
  15. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    I also have a friend with alopecia. :lol:
  16. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I went to Petco and on the way to the counter I saw the "up for adoption" cage on the counter, it was about then I started to regret coming. Why couldn't it have been a gerbil or something in the cage? I can pass them up and only feel slightly guilty. But NOOO cowering in the back of the cage in the shadows was a little black hooded female rat. BOTH employees told me how everyone's been banging on her cage and scaring her, or getting disgusted when they find out it's a rat, not a hamster. Promptly told me her fee was $5, which included her little cage, food, toys, etc etc. - they were trying their best.

    Then I saw the porphyrin all around her little nose and even eyes. :( She looked exhausted. Had no hide in the cage.. And honestly her food looked like bird/guinea pig food.

    I guess it's safe to say I have a new rat.

    She fell asleep here as soon as I got her in a quiet area and fed her. She's pretty pitiful.
  17. Ali132

    Ali132 Good Dog

    Why would they allow that to happen!
  18. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    What, petco letting the kids/people harass the poor thing into a vegetative state? I don't know, I would have moved her behind the counter at least. She was stressed beyond belief.
  19. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Aww poor girl. She sure us cute!! Congrats :)

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Oh yeah, Lilith is Pregnant. I moved her to her own cage away from everyone else. Oh Lord.

    The new girl is named Geisha April. I couldn't decide which, so she got both names

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