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by squeakrat
Mon May 23, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat introduction advice!
Replies: 11
Views: 3796

Re: Rat introduction advice!

With girls, you should be able to introduce them straight away, assuming they're not tiny. It's normally boys where people will sometimes give them a few weeks to get a bit bigger before introducing them to adults.

When I do intros, I just shove them all in a carrier together :luck:
by squeakrat
Sat May 21, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Some feeding questions
Replies: 10
Views: 7190

Re: Some feeding questions

If you want a quick response, it's often best to ask one or two brief questions, rather than a longer post. You will get a complete response eventually, but it might take a little more time as people need to put more time into their reply. Anyway, to give you some quick answers... Dandelion leaves, ...
by squeakrat
Sat May 21, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Newbie looking for best treats
Replies: 2
Views: 4657

Re: Newbie looking for best treats

I use pumpkin seeds to hand feed as treats. Do you mean that they're nervous and you want them to get used to your hands being around, or are you actually training them? Because if it's the first, I'd recommend using yoghurt or something yummy on a spoon so that they have to stay near you and can't ...
by squeakrat
Mon May 09, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly old man - need help!
Replies: 2
Views: 1462

Re: Poorly old man - need help!

It doesn't sound like a stroke to me. First of all, hind leg degeneration (HLD) is common in older rats, so he's probably suffering from this. But it's also possible that he's got a urinary tract infection, as you've seen some recent changes in him. This could make him more uncomfortable, so you'd s...
by squeakrat
Thu May 05, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Four unsocialised boys
Replies: 3
Views: 1944

Re: Four unsocialised boys

Does she want to keep them? I think they'd probably need frequent handling by someone confident to have any impact on them, which is why I ask - it sounds like she'd need her confidence building up to be able to deal with them, and I don't know how much difference you'd be able to make if you weren'...
by squeakrat
Wed May 04, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New owner confused on how much to feed?
Replies: 12
Views: 7860

Re: New owner confused on how much to feed?

10g of dry? If you cut down on the amount of dry they get every so often, it's not going to do them any harm, and will encourage them to hoover up any dry mix left over, plus hopefully encourage them to eat the fresh food! Like Cub said, you could try part cooking veg as well to see if that will enc...
by squeakrat
Tue May 03, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New owner confused on how much to feed?
Replies: 12
Views: 7860

Re: New owner confused on how much to feed?

Out of interest, I weighed my dry mix for tonight, and I reckon I normally feed about 50g per day. That's between 5 does, so roughly 10g per rat daily. Not bad from my total guess work!
by squeakrat
Tue May 03, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: The mystery sneezer!
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

Re: The mystery sneezer!

You could try changing the bedding to see if it has any effect. And there's nothing in the house like air fresheners, scented candles etc that she could be having a reaction to?
by squeakrat
Tue May 03, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New owner confused on how much to feed?
Replies: 12
Views: 7860

Re: New owner confused on how much to feed?

20-25g of food daily (either dry or fresh) sounds like an awful lot to me if that's per rat! But you're feeding 20g per rat daily, and 25g in the winter, so that would imply 20-25g is about the right amount? Presumably depends on the mix between dry and fresh though. I never weigh anything, so I do...
by squeakrat
Mon May 02, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: New owner confused on how much to feed?
Replies: 12
Views: 7860

Re: New owner confused on how much to feed?

First of all, you could try feeding fresh food at a different time of day to the dry, and the rats might be more likely to try it. They're naturally wary of new foods, so it'll take a while before they'll get used to different things. They might prefer different things as well - my first group refus...
by squeakrat
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: What litter?
Replies: 3
Views: 1836

Re: What litter?

I find pellet type litters are better in litter trays, lighter stuff ends up getting kicked everywhere. I use either Back 2 Nature or Breeder Celect.
by squeakrat
Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Elderly girl intros
Replies: 4
Views: 1807

Re: Elderly girl intros

If she's more affected on one side, I would have thought it's more likely to be a stroke. It depends how long it is since she's had it, and I think once they've had one they are more likely to have a series of strokes. But a course of steroids might help her a little.
by squeakrat
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Two boys not getting along - prepare to read an essay
Replies: 4
Views: 2071

Re: Two boys not getting along - prepare to read an essay

I sympathise - I know it's really frustrating when you're trying to do intros and you're thinking "please just STOP winding each other up!" I don't have much experience when it comes to boys though, so it's not obvious to me from your post whether one of them is being hormonal and it would be benefi...
by squeakrat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Food for a 48 hour absence
Replies: 4
Views: 2405

Re: Food for a 48 hour absence

You could also make them work a bit harder to get the food - bury it deep in the substrate, pack it into egg boxes or toilet rolls etc. They might still rip it all apart and eat it straightaway, but it will slow them down a bit :lol:
by squeakrat
Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Elderly girl intros
Replies: 4
Views: 1807

Re: Elderly girl intros

Obviously it depends on the rats, but I don't see there being a problem. I intro'd both a 2 year old and a 6 month old (on separate occasions) to my group when Flora was 2.5+ and it went fine. The 2 year old was probably the easiest intro I've ever done - they barely even seemed to notice that I'd s...

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