laurahorton wrote:My plan is to introduce the babies to the daddy rat at about 2 weeks old, and then they can all move in with him at about 4 weeks old once they've stopped weaning - and then let them go to new homes at about 6 weeks old. But how is it best to introduce him to them?
He's been neutured and still plays with their mum for short periods at a time when she wents to come way from the nest for a bit. Sorry for all the questions... the litter was a surprise you see and even though have had rats before, this is new territory! x
I wouldn't recommend that you introduce such young babies to any male rat at that age - at two weeks old they have no defence whatsoever, even at 6 weeks old babies are not old enough to defend themselves should the adult male get stroppy with them, and one bite to a two week old baby could very easily be fatal. Some males do not appreciate babies and I have known in the past of boys that have attacked and killed baby rats they have been introduced to for no real reason.
It is really not worth the risk introducing them at that age - 6 weeks old is the minimum I would introduce rats in, and even then only if there was a good reason to, otherwise I would wait until they are bigger and stronger and more able to deal with the mental and physical toils of introductions.