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How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:17 am
by JeanneNicole
Hi all,

My daughter has the Freddy Max 2 cage in which we have taken all the shelves out and added ropes etc to give the rats more exercise and stimulation (picture attached). She is wanting to add more rats now that her two boys are a year old as she does not want one to be left on its own when one dies. The question is what is the best age for her existing rats to be to have new roommates?And secondly would her cage accommodate 2 new baby rats as I have also heard that you are best to add two new rats of the same age instead of a single so that they have a playmate of the same age?

Many thanks,

Jeanne

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Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:50 am
by Caza66
According to the calculator a Freddy max 2 will take 5 rats:-
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If the existing rats are 12 months old, I would recommend getting 2 youngsters, of around 12 weeks old. That should (?) ease introductions and the youngsters will have same age company. I would follow the carrier method for introductions though.

Good luck

Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:00 am
by cyber ratty
I agree - 2 or 3 babies will be fine to add as soon as you like. Introduce them using the carrier method.

Great layout! :luck: (would you like to add it to our layout thread here?)

Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:56 pm
by JeanneNicole
Thank you both very much for your reply and help and yes more than happy to add it to the layout thread :)

If we decide to wait until the summer holidays when they are a year and a half is that still an okay age to introduce babies?

Many thanks again,

Jeanne

Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:39 pm
by cyber ratty
Yes, they should be fine at any age.

I prefer rats to always live in groups of at least three though, so personally I'd introduce sooner so that your older boys have more variety in terms of their relationships for longer. ;)

Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:02 pm
by JeanneNicole
Many thanks for the info it really is appreciated. My only worry is that we don't have room for another cage so if introductions go wrong we are a little bit snookered. We got very lucky with her two boys that we got from a local pets at home, but now we both know more about rats I would ideally like to get them from a proper breeder. Do you know if there are any in the Derby/Derbyshire/Nottingham area? xx

Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:09 pm
by RedFraggle

Re: How many rats can this cage have?

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:45 pm
by petty254-
cyber ratty wrote:I agree - 2 or 3 babies will be fine to add as soon as you like. Introduce them using the carrier method.

Great layout! :luck: (would you like to add it to our layout thread here?)
I strongly agree