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by rattypetrolhead
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intro help please!
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Re: Intro help please!

If the older boys aren't bothered by the babies, and the babies are just being noisy I'd persevere and stick them in a hamster cage or carrier until they get over their noisy phase. The babies will soon realise that the biggies aren't going to hurt them, and should revert to being pingy babies again...
by rattypetrolhead
Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Fresh kelp.... is it safe to feed ?
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Fresh kelp.... is it safe to feed ?

I'd probably go for the frond (the leaf part) rather than the stipe (the stalk), just cos it'll be easier to clean of anything growing on the outside (such as other seaweeds or animals), but both should be edible. Kelps are brown seaweeds and have large, long, flat fronds, with round stipes; wracks ...
by rattypetrolhead
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)

Moved them into the Freddy last night as the bottom half of the Brio was getting a bit :sickrat: , plus it's easier to put hammocks in the freddy, should we get to that stage :lol: It's actually going quite well, Spike seems to be more relaxed around his 13 new friends, so I'll risk a hammock this e...
by rattypetrolhead
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Abdomonal mass :0(
Replies: 22
Views: 1068

Re: Abdomonal mass :0(

Not Reuben :( Fingers crossed for the vets this evening :luck:
by rattypetrolhead
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)

Pickle by name, pickle by nature :lol: . Twinny (RIP :( ) would be very proud - Pickle looks almost identical and is as completely incorrigible (spelling?!) as the Twinster :hearts:
by rattypetrolhead
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)

Checked on them all at lunch - Pickle is still trying to wind Spike up :roll:

Gave them all some frozen pineapple as it's quite warm - they just settled to eat it, no scrapping. I'm clinging to that as a good sign!
by rattypetrolhead
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)

He's in and it's relatively quiet in there (the bottom half of a brio as my other cages are in use with unexpected rescues), although Spike is refusing to snuggle up to anyone just yet :-? He is grooming some of the girls, albeit quite forcefully, and Alfie has been a very gentle enforcer when neede...
by rattypetrolhead
Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Post neuter intro - opinions (is it too soon?)

Spike was neutered on 11 July and I was planning to introduce him to the rest of the group tomorrow as I've got a 3 day weekend... that would mean it was 2 weeks and 4 days since his neuter. There are a few schools of thought about how soon it is safe to intro post neuter - 2 weeks or 3... thoughts ...
by rattypetrolhead
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: tiny rescued rats and advice needed
Replies: 18
Views: 1389

Re: tiny rescued rats and advice needed

I've just taken in 2 babies that were handed into my vets (they were dumped on a train...), they're also very tiny. Baby girl has just started to moult her baby fluff so I'm guessing they're 5-6 weeks-ish, but they're about the size of 'normal' 4 week olds :( Unfortunately there's a boy and a girl -...
by rattypetrolhead
Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Agnus castus berries
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Agnus castus berries

Ta! :D I have to give her wet food regularly as she's anti-Dr Squiggles - so I might start with a couple each time and see what happens. It's worth a try at least! Now I've moved her upstairs away from the other rats she's much better, more relaxed etc. Last night she even settled down under my pill...
by rattypetrolhead
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Agnus castus berries
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Agnus castus berries

Bump :(
by rattypetrolhead
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: what was the strangest thing you`ve found your rat eating?
Replies: 53
Views: 2957

Re: what was the strangest thing you`ve found your rat eating?

Juno - skirting boards, paper Clover - spiders, but only the juicy end :sickrat: Twinny - paracetamol :o cue panic from me, absolute annoyance from her that I'd taken something so tasty off her (she was fine, but I did have to ring the vets to find out...) Grace - various cardigans and t shirts (als...
by rattypetrolhead
Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: We've been upgrading...
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: We've been upgrading...

They look fab! It's giving me lots of inspiration for my soon-to-be three storey explorer (am picking up another explorer at the end of the month :D ).
by rattypetrolhead
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Agnus castus berries
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Agnus castus berries

I've just bought some from RR for my mentalist rat-eater Thirteen - she's been spayed but still shows (quite dramatic) signs of aggression towards other rats and also has 'mini-heats' (I think the vet may have missed something... :-? )... Thought I'd give these a whirl before trying a standardised e...
by rattypetrolhead
Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Mazey is trying to mount her mum!!
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Mazey is trying to mount her mum!!

Mummy rat is in heat (does do this every 4-5 days - it's normal don't worry :) ) and baby rat is taking advantage of the situation to try and get a bit of dominant behaviour over on her mum :lol: - mum will get her own back when baby comes into heat :wink: . It's not a sexual thing, it's just part o...