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Baby Rats

Post by orion5814 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:36 am

Hey all! I'm currently hand feeding some abandoned rats that look to be around 4 days old. As it stands they give a lot of squeaks out, but only eat maybe 1-2 drops of formula. Does anyone have any idea how much milk they should be getting per feed? Thanks a lot!

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Re: Baby Rats

Post by cyber ratty » Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:34 pm

At that age you should be able to see their stomachs filling up - the milk band is visible through the skin. They look as though they can fit about 0.5 - 1ml in. Are they responding when you toilet them?

It is very difficult to hand raise rat kittens from that age, I wish you luck, but you maybe should prepare yourself for some losses (... not to mention the sleep deprivation!).

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Re: Baby Rats

Post by orion5814 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:19 pm

Hey Cyber! Thanks for the reply! They're responding to toileting and it is very hard to hand feed them at this age! Of course I don't want to lose them, but I am well aware that there's a good chance that there will be losses. Time to feed!

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Re: Baby Rats

Post by orion5814 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:58 pm

And Night 2 complete! 0 Losses so far, so let's hope to continue the pattern! s :D

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Re: Baby Rats

Post by cyber ratty » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:48 am

Fab :luck:

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Re: Baby Rats

Post by orion5814 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:41 pm

So just a little update. All nine are doing well. Active and vocal and eating. We got small little syringes that they do better eating from

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Re: Baby Rats

Post by cyber ratty » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:14 am

That's so good to hear :love:

Any chance of a picture? Are they wild or were they abandoned by a pet doe?

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