Neo's Babies! (Day 2)
There are a few hooded ratties, which I wasn't expecting! Can't wait to see if some of the lighter ones are hooded as well. It's such an underappreciated pattern. I've not had hooded ratties in 3 years, so it's fun for me to see them again <3
These ears are throwing me off though.. Some of them have lower ears. It doesn't look low enough for dumbos, but also not high enough for standard ears. They could just have low standard ears, but we shall see!
Rose's Babies Are Here!
My work was overstaffed today, and I was next in line to go home! So glad I did because Rose had her babies! <3 13 little beans with 9 females and 4 males. The whole litter appears to be dumbo!! All of these babies have dark eyes, and will be Rexes <3
One of the males does have a bruised/swollen head. Hoping it's just from the birthing process and not anything serious. I'll be keeping an eye on him to make sure everything develops properly! :)
Arcadia's Babies! (Day 6)
Getting so big already! I'm super excited to see what colors the lighter ratties turn out. One of the males and one of the females look to have a little orange tint to their fuzz, so they may be fawns! <3 Also, the three lighter colored females all have blazed markings on their faces. They're too light to properly catch it on camera yet, but by Sunday, it should be easier to see :)
Priestess Holding onto her Babies!
Arcadia's Babies! (Day 4)
Here are pictures of Arcadia'a babies too! And I'm not sure if it's just wishful thinking or not, but I believe all the males are dumbos! The only two dumbos with the females are the two light ones on the left side. There is one huuuge male too! He's the lighter one under the arm of the other lighter one. The three darker marked boys all have blaze markings too, so it'll be interesting to see what the lighter babies develop <3
And with the girls, Telley has really fallen in love with the spotted runt female with one eye <3 He was just asking the other day if there are rats that could look like a cow with their pattern. I think it's meant to be because she looks like a little cow and he loves the unique babies as well. He's a big fan of wasteland-y themed stuff, so she may end up with a cool, post-apocalyptic name. He hardly ever gets to pick the keepers too, so I can't say no if he's asking this one time! Plus, I think I knew from the day I saw her, I couldn't let her go.
The rat gods have heard my prayers!! Neo gave me 8 males and 2 females! <3 All the babies are standard eared and will have varying double Rex coats. These coats can range from a fully covered rattie, to a patchy furred rattie, to looking like a recessive hairless rat! Recessive hairless is different that the double Rexes that look hairless for anyone interested :) I know there can be some confusion with it when they're called different names.
Lots of pink or ruby eyed babies though! One female has lighter, pink or ruby, eyes, and the other has dark, black/brown eyes. There are only three males with darker eyes, and the rest have lighter colored ones. <3 Ruby eyes do not look like the bright pink eyes albino ratties have. Ruby is a deeper color that almost looks brown. You can see the ruby color in natural lighting though. :)
Neo is doing a wonderful job! All the babies are fat and well fed! You can see the white milk band in the last picture. 😊💚
Backyard Breeder Warning!
Hey everyone, I want to make an announcement that there are a few back yard breeders that have been blacklisted and supposedly stopped breeding several months back. I just saw some brand new posts from them about babies, so if you are adopting from another breeder, feel free to ask me if it's one of the people I'm talking about. I don't want to drop names here to avoid bashing and potential drama, but they have been blacklisted for unethical breeding, pairing rats too often, housing their pets in tiny containers with very little ventilation, and feeding poor food. They also had to surrender 90% of their rats several months back because they couldn't handle breeding or finding homes for the rats they produced. It was basically a hording situation and the pictures were horrid.
**Edit: I also forgot to mention there are a few people in this group that wanted to adopt from the person I am mentioning, but they deleted their messages, refused to meet up when scheduled, and never got back about the babies they wanted to adopt. Overall, just a bad experience...
While the babies do deserve homes, I encourage people to avoid supporting back yard breeders, or people who mass breed for profits. I am more than happy to refer people to other breeders I know, but they are becoming fewer and fewer, especially with one of my favorites that recently moved out of state.
In all my excitement about the new babies, I misgendered two of them. There are 5 males and 7 females <3 Two of the males are for sure dumbos, and both are blazed! One is wedge blazed, and the other has a lightning bolt blaze. If health and temperament are set for the wedge blazed male, he will be specially reserved for someone on the waiting list. :) There is a third male that kind of appears dumbo. One ear looks down like a dumbo, but the other looks like it's standard. I'll find out with time! The little one-eyed runt looks to have blue spots on her, almost like a cow pattern. I'll get pictures tomorrow in natural light so you can see the skin pigment better.
Neo is still holding on to her babies, but she is for sure showing a big belly now! I'm hoping she'll have them tomorrow, but she may hold on another two days. Rose is due Wednesday and is really showing, and Priestess is due Friday with a cute little baby bump! <3
New Babies! (Pictures Attached)
PLEASE READ the whole thing if you are already an approved adopter, or you would like to become one. If your questions are not answered in the post, feel free to message me with your questions. :)
New babies! These are the two newest additions. I wasn't going to be adopting anymore ratties for a year, but the breeder I planned to adopt from is moving and will no longer be breeding. I was going to adopt a breeding pair of dwarf ratties from him then, but that wasn't the plan anymore. I got ahold of him to see if he had any dwarves. He had one dwarf female, but also a pregnant dwarf carrier female and a carrier male breeding pair. I decided to adopt the since it would be my only chance at dwarves from him! The male is named Dare Devil and the female is named Arcadia (Archie for short).
Miss Archie decided today was the day her babies would come to this world! 12 babies: 3 males and 9 females. Come on mammas, give me those boys! Haha
Of the males, there are two with pink or ruby eyes, and one with black/brown eyes. The one with the dark eyes is a dumbo!
With the females, there are three pink or ruby eyed ladies, two are dumbos and one of the black/brown eyed females is as well. There is one female runt who seems to have been born with just one eye! I will keep an extra eye on her (unintentional pun) to make sure her health and growth rate is up to par. If all seems well, and her temperament holds through, she could go home with someone looking for a unique lady! <3
If there are dwarf babies in this litter, I will not know until they are all around 4 weeks old. Dwarf rats grow at the same rate as regular sized rats up until about 4 weeks old. Then, they slow down rapidly and only get to be about 200g, while regular sized rats average 450g for females and 550-600g for males. My average is a little higher due to my larger breeding ratties. If there are dwarf ratties, all of them will be staying with me this time around to further the line. Their offspring will be the first ones to be available if temperament and health are great! :)
I will not know which of these babies will be available until they are at least 6 weeks old! Reservations will not start until then, so please do not as to reserve them early.