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New owner, what age do does come into season?

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:29 am
by Yorkie mark 69
Hi I have three females, Cassie,macca &Milly.There 10,8,7weeks old. I'd like to know how you can tell when they come into season, While playing on sofa i noticed a couple of spots , there was no colour on wipe when I cleaned it. Any advice much appreciated .

Re: New owner, what age do does come into season?

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:06 am
by CorbinDallasMyMan
I'm neither a breeder nor even an owner of females but from my understanding, females become fertile around the 8 to 12 week mark. Their "cycle" is every 4 to 5 days but they don't menstruate so "spotting" shouldn't have anything to do with estrous.

Re: New owner, what age do does come into season?

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:47 am
by cyber ratty
Most rats will be in season every 4 or 5 days from about 5 weeks of age, so well before being homed. They normally are in season overnight (starting from about 7pm), some will show no noticeable signs, but others may become a bit sensitive to touch, and if you gently stroke their rump, you may see them scoot away, stop still, and vibrate their ears so fast they appear to blur (very funny to see :lol: ). Some may even become squeaky and very hard to hold when in full season!

They don't have any discharge, so if you'd seen blood drops, it could indicate a urine infection, or worse, a uterine infection - either way a vet check would be a good idea. However, since you've seen colourless drops, it'll probably just be them scent marking. :luck:

Re: New owner, what age do does come into season?

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:06 pm
by Yorkie mark 69
Yeah i think your right about scent marking, We were playing on sofa again,and Milly did same thing on my wife's hand :lol: Only had them couple of weeks still finding our feet. Where in our 50s wish we'd got them years ago.

Re: New owner, what age do does come into season?

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:43 pm
by cyber ratty
Better late than never ;)