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by Estelle
Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Longevity vs inbreeding?
Replies: 34
Views: 773

Re: Longevity vs inbreeding?

I think some of it is the complete loss of any quality of most pet shop rats. Rodent farmed rats tend to live around 6-8 months less than breeder rats and have health problems during their lives where breeder rats tend to be healthy but maybe don't live as long as perhaps 10 years back. Unfortunatel...
by Estelle
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: BE & PED genetics?
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: BE & PED genetics?

Amanda B. wrote:Thanks Estella.

It's Estelle - no A on the end.
by Estelle
Fri May 30, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: BE & PED genetics?
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: BE & PED genetics?

No-one has yet proven categorically that it isn't possible, but some of the test matings to date make it look very unlikely that BE works on P or R and that the gene than makes the eyes black in this case only happens on the C locus.
by Estelle
Wed May 28, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: shades of blue
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: shades of blue

Monty looks british blue agouti and Roland british blue.
by Estelle
Wed May 28, 2008 6:51 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: oh help!
Replies: 42
Views: 969

Re: oh help!

personally i don't agree with spaying pregnant does as a routine to 'dispose' of the litter, i think the whole giving birth thing is safer and easier for the doe than the risk of what is a very invasive operation. I had a doe spayed for pyometra/infection last week and she was on a lot of painkiller...
by Estelle
Tue May 27, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: The housing and care of feeder rats
Replies: 81
Views: 1338

Re: The housing and care of feeder rats

Live feeding is illegal in the UK. Even if a snake person was feeding live, i doubt they'd ever admit to it on a public forum!
by Estelle
Mon May 26, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Russian blue and graphite
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Russian blue and graphite

I handled & judged a graphite rat in Sweden over the weekend and it is the first time i've seen one - they are in the unstandardised classes there - it is similar in some ways to the russian blue but much darker (description said it was meant to be 'pencil lead' colour) but still had the heather...
by Estelle
Tue May 20, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: just wont breed
Replies: 53
Views: 1399

Re: just wont breed

Where I can I send people to other breeders, just so they don't go to a pet shop! If i know i can't help someone from the litters i have either due or currently, i will always do my utmost to help them find rats from other breeders to help avoid the pet shop impulses. Some people contact me specifi...
by Estelle
Tue May 20, 2008 6:03 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Shipping Rats to the USA
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: Shipping Rats to the USA

Have a read of http://www.ratz.co.uk/exportrats.html - that might help. It is not cheap and for the USA we had excellent experience with British Airways.
by Estelle
Tue May 20, 2008 5:59 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Bleeding from Vagina - What to do?
Replies: 10
Views: 175

Re: Bleeding from Vagina - What to do?

A browny/black colour means it is 'old blood' and infection/pyometra in there, rather than red meaning haemorrhaging and probably some sort of lump/cyst. In either case it is not good news and ultimately probably the only way forward will be a spay because usually if they are leaking gunk, they've a...
by Estelle
Mon May 19, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Do breeders breed more than selfs?
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Do breeders breed more than selfs?

got it now and sent a copy... :)
by Estelle
Mon May 19, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Do breeders breed more than selfs?
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Do breeders breed more than selfs?

have not had anything from you to the breeders@ inbox... i just cleared it out of all those waiting from today.
by Estelle
Mon May 19, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Rat room signs?
Replies: 15
Views: 435

Re: Rat room signs?

I've got the 'watch out rats about' one on the wall and another on the door saying 'in this house, rats rule ok!'
by Estelle
Mon May 19, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Do breeders breed more than selfs?
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Do breeders breed more than selfs?

lilladysez wrote:(I'm waiting for my new breeders list.... my original is on my computer.... the problem is that the computer is still in England....)

If you've emailed the breeders@nfrs.org, i'll be processing them when i get home from work, so you'll have one tonight... ;)
by Estelle
Mon May 19, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Do breeders breed more than selfs?
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Do breeders breed more than selfs?

there are a fair number of people who do breed marked rats - if you get a copy of the breeders list on breeders@nfrs.org that will give you a few more links to websites that have them.