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by Flox
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Substrate- how necessary?
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

Re: Substrate- how necessary?

In my explorer I use Vetbed at the top (copes with wee a lot better than fleece and lasts longer) and they have a digging tray in the bottom half. Unfortunately since they all fell out, they have half each at the moment (until appropriate nuts are removed) so I alternate between who has the digging ...
by Flox
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: What oils/supplements are good for elderly ratties?
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: What oils/supplements are good for elderly ratties?

Jemma wrote:Senior aid is easiest fed as q squirt mixed into wet food, or you can add a few squirrel to a big tub of dry mix and mix around.
Now I'm no expert, but I'd say that's probably a little too much protein for elderly rats...
by Flox
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Safe fruit/veg waste? General veg questions..
Replies: 12
Views: 472

Re: Safe fruit/veg waste? General veg questions..

I think someone mentioned before, but it bears repeating - broad bean haters - peel 'em first! I've never been able to stand the things until my boyfriend learned that on Masterchef, and y'know... they ain't that bad! The skin is were all the awful nasty is. I don't tend to peel carrots when I get w...
by Flox
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Mum wont stop feeding the rats...
Replies: 10
Views: 831

Re: Mum wont stop feeding the rats...

I think things like this just require really kind but firm handling. The problem is that people often think they're being kind, and even if on some level they're aware that they could cause problems, it's never strong enough to break through their justification. This is why you get those awful progr...
by Flox
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: free ranging
Replies: 6
Views: 460

Re: free ranging

You probably just need to give it a lot of time. I spent ages trying to get my failed foster girls to be confident and play on the bed, without running for home or just hiding in the octopus. Then one of them discovered The Floor and I'm not ready for that yet (not people or food orientated at all, ...
by Flox
Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Infested!
Replies: 47
Views: 1620

Re: Infested!

and now I am itching all over
And you thoroughly deserve it :D

Want some? I have spare...
by Flox
Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Infested!
Replies: 47
Views: 1620

Re: Infested!

There is a maize weevil in my bathroom. Just one, I think, unless they're taking turns to come out and show themselves. There is also one in the kitchen. This wouldn't bother me so much, seeing as how I 'disposed' of them in the bathroom - a few survivors wouldn't surprise me. Except... THAT WAS A M...
by Flox
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Hat ears
Replies: 16
Views: 1000

Re: Hat ears

Better get yourself some industrial-strength velcro then, too...

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by Flox
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Fleece bedding/lining for explorer
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Fleece bedding/lining for explorer

I used fleece in my Explorer for a while (one one level - still offering loose substrate in the bottom for scatter feeding). I clipped it down using crocodile clips round the edge of the tray. I'll never use it again :) 1) Clipping and unclipping is a nightmare 2) Ratties put holes in it almost inst...
by Flox
Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: soya products
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: soya products

Hehehe, good... I chose the soya mix over the non soya because it was cheaper and I didn't know why not to :D
by Flox
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Turning a dog crate into a ratty home...
Replies: 28
Views: 1324

Re: Turning a dog crate into a ratty home...

Cor, that's half an explorer with good bits added on - an opening top, AND the side bars are horizontal! Very nifty, good find :)
by Flox
Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: soya products
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: soya products

This is good to know, thanks - I was puzzled by the RR 'no soya' mixes and wondering what big soya conspiracy I'd missed out on!
by Flox
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding live insects?
Replies: 23
Views: 942

Re: Feeding live insects?

And it would save the crickets going to waste, I have about 3 sizes of cricket and only 6 tarantulas which I feed once a week so the crickets often die of boredom. I tried crickets for the crested geckos a few times, but since they only eat 6-7 out of a box of hundreds (and they grew too big to use...
by Flox
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Will 2 more ratties make smell worse?
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Will 2 more ratties make smell worse?

DWe have to do a full clean out daily and replace fabric toys and hammocks every 3 -4 days to wash them. That may not be helping, if they've just moved home and every day their cage smells like a new place - they're probably squeezing themselves dry scent marking to try and make the place feel like...
by Flox
Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What have I done wrong??? :(
Replies: 14
Views: 1131

Re: What have I done wrong??? :(

This isn't very 'responsible' advice, but since others suggested it and you're considering it, I'll offer it anyway :D My first pair were about 6 months when I got two breeder babies to live with them. Before that, they had very little energy or interest in much at all - though I tried all I could t...