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Post by thewesterngate on Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:43 pm

I just checked the girl rats (I only have 2) and one of them is finally starting to show a belly! I'm ecstatic. She is heavier and has a definite roundness to her belly when I lift her slightly.

Woot!


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Post by doganddisc on Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:26 pm

Woohoo!! Congrats!!
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Post by thistlebrook on Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:01 pm

Congrats!! I too am waiting on some possibly preggo girls. Haven't had a rat litter in many many years so I am super excited. I should have weighed the girls from the get go to follow progress but didn't think about it til now. I *think* at least one might be pregnant, but I don't really know for sure. They have about 7-10 days to go. Rat
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Post by thewesterngate on Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:46 pm

Thanks, and YES. It's so hard first getting started, but after the dam breaks..tons of babies. tongue
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Post by thewesterngate on Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:07 pm

OH MY. I'm so excited, I just heard considerably louder squeaking from my mouse/rat/reptile room and realized my girl is giving birth!

Cheer

I'm almost 100% sure the father was my slate blue dumbo, and she herself is hooded with a mystery color. Possibly Russian blue or blue agouti. YAY EEKERS.
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Post by thistlebrook on Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:15 pm

OMG congrats! One of my girls just finished giving birth about 15 minutes ago!! Cheer
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Post by thewesterngate on Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:42 pm

thistlebrook wrote:OMG congrats! One of my girls just finished giving birth about 15 minutes ago!! Cheer

Gosh, they're twin litters! Tell me about the parents, we have to exchange pictures when we're not scared as poop of stressing the mom (I know I am!)
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Post by thistlebrook on Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:28 pm

Bug is the dam. She is an American blue variegated. The sire is Othello, a black Irish rex (all of my rats are dumbo eared). I don't know what either parents carry, but I'm expecting black Irish dumbos in rex and standard coats. Hoping to keep a few babies to breed back to each other to get more blues. Happy My other doe that is expecting is a mink, possibly merle. Sire is the same and I'm planning to do the same as the aforementioned litter.

I totally know what you mean! I've been kind of naughty and have been taking peeks here and there, and so far mom seems to be relatively okay. Still not brave enough to look long enough to count how many babies there are though. tongue
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Post by thewesterngate on Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:39 am

I finally got around to convincing mom to let me borrow the baby tube (she's nesting in an oatmeal cylinder, damn near impossible to see the babies unless she's gone)..and WOW. I'm sure I've seen rat pinks before, but these guys are HUGE. I couldn't believe my eyes. They look like blues but are just getting some pigment, I really only handled one and counted the others. Six fat snausages!
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Post by thistlebrook on Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:30 am

I know, I can't get over how huge they are either. Happy My girl has 11 bubs.
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Post by thewesterngate on Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:48 am

I guess I've only really seen rat pinks from a pet store? I guess it shows the difference between breeding in bulk and home grown rats. tongue Her babes literally had fat rolls! Well, that and I'm so used to mice babies by now.
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Post by thewesterngate on Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:42 pm

I wasn't going to post this (it's crappy, and the only one I have) but I'm curious to know if it's possible to tell if the ears are dumbo or standard at this age. I'm also surprised at how much pigment is there considering they're only a day or so old at this point.



Now I'm even second-guessing the birth date..haha! But I only heard them peeping the 29th.
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Post by thewesterngate on Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:41 pm

OKAY I caved. Here's the full litter, seven of them! All blues, I think, and some dumbo. I had to move them out of the tube so I could monitor them better, so now she's nesting under some fabric instead. I really hated to disturb her.





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Post by doganddisc on Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:03 pm

Squee rat babies!! Big smile
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Post by thewesterngate on Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:04 pm

I cant' stress how FAT these guys are! Laughing
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Post by kawmice on Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:09 am

Congrats guys! I still have not paired mine. I should though lol.
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Post by thewesterngate on Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:22 am

kawmice wrote:Congrats guys! I still have not paired mine. I should though lol.

Do you have a picture thread for them? I'd love to see!
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Post by thistlebrook on Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:23 pm

So cute!! I will start a thread and post pics of mine as soon as I get back from watching my bosses house for the holiday. Happy
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Post by kawmice on Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:59 pm

I have camera issues that I just NEED to fix. Lol. Then watch out! I love taking pictures. :-)
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Post by seafolly on Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:51 pm

Gahhhh! Rat bubs! <3 I know I'm going to cave and get a pair sometime in the next few months. I've gone 4 months without, and that's 4 months too long.
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Post by thewesterngate on Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:12 pm

I do love my rats! I have one that's huge, he's the friendliest little bachelor ever. I flip him lightly and tickle his belly and he just goes nuts.
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Post by thewesterngate on Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:59 pm

I'm back to six (had to cull a poor babe whose foot was constricted in stupid cotton bedding) and just checked on them. Mom bites me a little but I'm trying to get her used to me touching her and the babies (she let me pet her face and back a bit). I'm getting some peach fuzz and the babies are still HUGE! Well, hugER. Now they look black, go figure! Whatever they are, I'll love them to pieces and use them to build my colony.
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