Register    Login    Forum    Search    FAQ

Board index » Fancy Rats Forum » Rat Care » Behaviour




 Page 1 of 1 [ 3 posts ] 



Author Message
 Post subject: Good intro suddenly going bad
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:51 pm 
Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 1
Hi wondering if you guys can help me I was recommended to you by a friend.

I have three rats one is over two her cage mate passed recently. We tried intros with some new ratties around 10-11months old.
It started well in the carrier so moved to a small hammy cage gradually adding hammocks they shared with no issues. So after a week we moved to an alaska. Again fine for a week we noticed one of the younger rats was pushing off the older rat off the hammocks.. So we took them out and gradually built up again. We added a hammock and a fight broke out between the older rat and the same youngster. It looks like the younger rat is the alpha but unfortunately the older rat was bitten. We've separated the rat that bit her and are considering trying intros again in a few days. Any tips appreciated. Thanks


Top 
 Post subject: Re: Good intro suddenly going bad
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:56 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:02 am
Posts: 204
During intros I've done, I've always been told to go back a step or completely return them to the carrier when things kick off at a certain step. It seems to be very much hammock related by the sounds of things as they've obviously been doing well in the small cage up until this point, so I don't know if removing the hammock and then putting it back in would be that effective. Is the hammock one that the younger girls have used in the past? if so it might be a case of them defending what they have learnt is theirs maybe? Also, how bad was the bite? The general rule seems to be no blood, no foul, and not to separate unless serious blood is drawn - so I think if it were me, I'd let them get on with it unless you're worried about your older girl's safety.

Hopefully someone else can offer a bit more solid/educated advice as I'm just going off things I've been advised to do in the past :lol:

_________________
Leah


Top 
 Post subject: Re: Good intro suddenly going bad
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:28 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:04 pm
Posts: 595
I agree that it sounds like the hammock is the cause of the problems. I'm not an expert, but maybe try going right back to the beginning (i.e. small carrier) and working up from there again. And when you get to the point of adding furnishings to the small hamster cage, maybe start by adding perches and ropes and swinging toys, instead of hammocks. Things that are hard to fight over (because it's hard to fight and maintain your balance on something that's narrow, or that swings around a lot).

And maybe if you can, take them for regular outings (e.g. put the hamster cage in the back of the car if you have one and go for a little drive). Or even just carry the cage while you walk around the house for 10 minutes. A change of scenery and movement can encourage bonding. :luck:

_________________
Poo-shoveller to: Zephyr Delanynder, Lia, and Lita.
Fondly remembering: Falere the contrary NLA36, Mirala the best and finest NLA36, Zephyr Opold the serene, and Rila the rodentist.
Avatar by Ursula Vernon.


Top 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 
 Page 1 of 1 [ 3 posts ] 




Board index » Fancy Rats Forum » Rat Care » Behaviour


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

 
 

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron