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by velvet_nothing
Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: big fat* boys ... breeding for size?
Replies: 39
Views: 3408

Re: big fat* boys ... breeding for size?

That's not always an option for pet homes, and in fairness it could happen with a group of four. If you have two rats who need signifcantly different amounts of food to sustain a helthy weight. Usually that would result in a comprimise where one would be slightly over wieight while the other slight...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding feeders responsibly
Replies: 151
Views: 8801

Re: When can my young rats go into petshop?

Where have I criticised the OPs ethics? I honestly don't think I have. Admittedly not directly, no. But you're only going to spend a few posts suggesting an alternative you feel is more viable if you've found fault with the current intentions :lol: It's more that I was speculating about possibiliti...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding feeders responsibly
Replies: 151
Views: 8801

Re: When can my young rats go into petshop?

surely it'd be easier to use meat from the ethical sources that already exist. The OP has demonstrated enough times with their replies that they're trying to be ethical (to their own standards) with the food they feed. I honestly cannot understand how that can be criticised in the same breath as ap...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding feeders responsibly
Replies: 151
Views: 8801

Re: When can my young rats go into petshop?

Philosophyfox, that's exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of! It sounds like a decent solution to me :-? Out of interest (and I know nothing at all about snakes), would it be possible to feed a snake on commercially produced free-range meat, such as chicken wings? Surely removing the commercial...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding feeders responsibly
Replies: 151
Views: 8801

Re: When can my young rats go into petshop?

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I'm kind of wondering if it'd be possible to, er, wrap up the 'necessary components' for a meal in kind of a chicken-skin parcel that was vaguely the right shape, thus avoiding having to breed rats at all, but I guess it would depend on the fussiness of the snake. ...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding feeders responsibly
Replies: 151
Views: 8801

Re: When can my young rats go into petshop?

Out of interest (and I know nothing at all about snakes), would it be possible to feed a snake on commercially produced free-range meat, such as chicken wings? Is there a reason it has to be a whole small animal that's bred specifically for the purpose, as opposed to similar-sized pieces of meat an...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Hairless Rats
Replies: 41
Views: 2900

Re: Hairless Rats

Ooh, hairless rescues! I may have just sent a PM... :oops: I miss my two hairless lads!
by velvet_nothing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Breeding feeders responsibly
Replies: 151
Views: 8801

Re: When can my young rats go into petshop?

Wow, it's taken me aaages to read through this thread, but it's all interesting stuff. To get back briefly to the 'love' thing, I could be wrong here but I think perhaps when caffers said she 'loved to bits' her rats she probably meant the breeding adults that are kept as pets as opposed to the youn...
by velvet_nothing
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: culling - common practice among breeders?
Replies: 156
Views: 10299

Re: culling - common practice among breeders?

I don't really think it is cloak and dagger (well, not cloak anyway :lol: ). It is simply that although most breeders who cull would probably be happy to have a discussion about it, they just aren't here. If they are forums at all, they are on breeder friendly forums. Is this not a breeder-friendly...
by velvet_nothing
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: culling - common practice among breeders?
Replies: 156
Views: 10299

Re: culling - common practice among breeders?

I'd be really interested to hear the reasoning behind why breeders do cull. I think only a breeder who does cull is in a position to explain their personal reasoning (the reasons are likely to vary to some extent), anyone else answering will only be offering hearsay or conjecture. I do know that br...
by velvet_nothing
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: culling - common practice among breeders?
Replies: 156
Views: 10299

Re: culling - common practice among breeders?

I don't think culling is the be all end all in the sense that a breeder not culling doesn't necessarily make them anywhere close to reputable ^ this. I don't cull, and i never will. However, i have rats from breeders who do, but they are communicative and helpful, and completely up front about what...
by velvet_nothing
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: What color is my boy? :) Seeking help..
Replies: 14
Views: 1146

Re: What color is my boy? :) Seeking help..

cookielucylou wrote:Velvet_nothing I think it was :) He is gorgeous :D
:D Thank-you! I think so too, but of course I am biased :wink: I'll have to try and take him to another show sometime and have an ask around re. colour.
by velvet_nothing
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: What color is my boy? :) Seeking help..
Replies: 14
Views: 1146

Re: What color is my boy? :) Seeking help..

Was Sprout at the Oxford show? I wonder if you might be thinking of my boy Marmalade? We were at the show and he's also a suspected DPP, though there was some discussion as to whether he is or not :lol: Any opinions on his colour would be welcome, though I should really try and get a good piccie of...
by velvet_nothing
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Weight loss in old boy - heart prob?
Replies: 26
Views: 1203

Re: Weight loss in old boy - heart prob?

Another update... Merlot has been much perkier and more stable over the past month on his meds, but has now started having his 'panic' episodes again :( The poor boy got really stressy tonight, ran up and down the blanket he was cuddling under and then did a couple of fear-poos and looked exhausted....
by velvet_nothing
Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: Health
Topic: is it time?? :(
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: is it time?? :(

So sorry you're having to make the decision - it's never an easy one, and especially the first time. One thing I would consider is that it may not necessarily be a PT. Even with steroids, most rats with PTs live for weeks rather than months, so it might be worth trying meds for any alternative thing...