Timeline for my current litters:
If you are choosing babies from multiple litters, you will have to wait until the youngest has reached it's go-home time. Once all babies have reached the appropriate age, they'll be ready for pick-up! Pick-up time and date will be discussed once you are fully approved. If you are already fully approved, a pick-up time and date will be determined at the time of reservation!
After going through the number of babies I have this time around, and the adopters I already have on my lists, I won't have room to add anyone else for these current babies.
My next planned pairs will be placed together at the end of January to hopefully begin the mating process. If all goes well with them, their offspring should be ready for homes sometime in March. I know it seems like a long time from now, but it goes by super quickly! I will be choosing 4-5 pairings from those pictured. I would like to pair all of them, but I do not currently have the nursery space.
Another note I want to add, is that I will be changing my adoption process. Approved breeders and past adopters will be able to be added to a waiting list any time they wish to contact me. For new adopters, you are welcome to fill out an application with me, but you will not be added to a list. After letting the approved breeders and past adopters choose their babies, I will then post any remaining babies. Those will then be adopted out on a first come first served basis.
The reason I am changing this, is because there is just one of me, and many that would like to adopt. It's a lot for me to juggle, and often times leaves me feeling pressured to produce X amount of babies to fill the demand. That is not why I do this. My goals are to produce healthy, well-tempered ratties. This is mainly for myself, because I love these guys, as well as all of my other critters. I just don't have the space to keep every last one, which is why I adopt out. Feeling that pressure takes away the fun.
Changing my adoption process to work like this won't have any less new adopters. I rarely have breeders adopt from me (due to me having pretty strict requirements), and previous adopters average 2-3 per round of litters. This still allows plenty of potential for new adopters to get some babies! So, if you'd like to have an application on file, please feel free to message me or comment below for one to be sent to you!
This is for how I currently have my waiting lists and possible changes I'll be making next year.
As of now, my waiting list policy is as follows. When I know which parents I will place together, I look at the line history, as well as the females' histories (if they've had litters before) to determine about how many babies I'll have. Based on that number, I will announce applications are open and approve an amount of adopters that will fit the guessed number of babies. Sometimes, my guess is lower than expected, and I end up having room to accept a few more people on the lists, or my guess is high, and not everyone approve that round gets to adopt, which can lead to extended wait times.
This is the order that people choose their babies:
- I choose my potential hold backs
- Approved breeders get second choice
- Previous adopters will choose from the remaining babies
- Newly approved adopters will choose from the remaining babies (the order new adopters will be placed on the list will be determined by their application number. Getting your app to me sooner gets you to a higher spot for the new adopters)
While I like parts of this method, I feel it typically has adopters waiting a while for babies. Especially if my pairings aren't taking when planned, and babies are born at a later date, or I have small litters.
What I've been considering, instead of having a waiting list, is to open an adoption list when babies are made available. The order that people choose their babies would still remain the same (me, approved breeders, past adopters, new adopters), but I would go to only accepting new applications once the babies are old enough to be reserved rather than before babies are born. I feel this method would give me the most accurate number of babies I'll have available, therefore, allow me to accept a more precise amount of new adopters. This would also eliminate the waiting period for those approved to be on the lists before babies are even born, as well as, any pressure for me to feel like I have to have X amount of babies available for Y amount of people on my lists.
Approved breeders and past adopters would be able to be added to the lists at any time, keeping in mind they may have to wait, but new adopters would have to wait until I post what babies are available.
This change will likely be taking place after this round of breeding, but I am still working things over first and trying to decide if this is how I would like to run adoptions going further.
While it's on my mind, I wanted to make a PSA regarding babies I may have available soon and in the future. While I will post and update pictures on entire litters, not all babies will be suitable for pet or breeder homes. I know it can be so so easy to see a baby and fall in love with them (trust me, it happens to me every litter!), but sometimes the cutest babies are lacking in temperament or health. Just because I post pictures of all my ratties and babies does not mean they will all be available.
I've had several people on and off my lists sending me pictures of specific rats asking if they can have them. The honest answer? I don't know. I cannot say if their temperament or health will be sound enough for me to confidently rehome them or not. There have been a few babies in my more recent litters that I wasn't 100% on rehoming but decided to with a shyness warning. One of those was returned to me because he ended up having aggression issues, others, took some time to work with, but I am not in this to produce subpar pets or breedable animals. My goal is to provide sound and healthy babies to amazing homes. I will be cracking down on which babies I allow to leave my care. Some may stay with me until they're a bit older than others so I can fully evaluate them before deciding if they are suitable for other homes.
This may mean I do not have babies available as frequently or in as large of quantities, but that is what it will take to ensure I am proving the best babies I can, and they they will make wonderful, loving companions.
I try my best to keep up with demand as much as I can while still maintaining my standards. However, I will never be able to have enough babies to keep up with everyone that contacts me.
This is a hobby that I do first and foremost for myself and happen to have enough that I am not keeping to send to loving homes. This has been my fourth year breeding, and I feel it is one that has taught me the most.
I may change how I do adoptions sometime next year, but for now, my current methods regarding my lists, will remain the same.
If anyone had any questions, please feel free to send me a text or e-mail!