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    Asking for advice......

    I have a retic that doesn't like rabbits. What methods have you used to get them to eat them as opposed to eating birds or other animals you have available?

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    I sewed the back end of a f/t rat to the front end of a rabbit using absorbable suture (it digests quickly) to convert over a female retic that was putting several jumbo rats per meal each week after her prior owner swore she would not eat rabbits. Took about three "rattit" meals to convert her, and I used young rabbits the same size as the jumbo rats to ensure that her total meal size wasn't too big.

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    Re: Asking for advice......

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    I sewed the back end of a f/t rat to the front end of a rabbit using absorbable suture (it digests quickly) to convert over a female retic that was putting several jumbo rats per meal each week after her prior owner swore she would not eat rabbits. Took about three "rattit" meals to convert her, and I used young rabbits the same size as the jumbo rats to ensure that her total meal size wasn't too big.
    Very interesting.

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    bcr229 is absolutely right. Method works.

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    Is absorbable suture available OTC (over the counter)? I've heard of this method but never tried it & wanted to suggest it to someone here a while back, but
    wasn't sure if they'd be able to buy what they needed...or if you need "connections" like a sympathetic vet to buy it from?
    Last edited by Bogertophis; 07-23-2019 at 03:44 PM.
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    Re: Asking for advice......

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyrivers View Post
    I have a retic that doesn't like rabbits. What methods have you used to get them to eat them as opposed to eating birds or other animals you have available?
    Have you tries to let the rabbit sit in rat bedding that the rats have been in?

    let's get the ball rollin'

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    Re: Asking for advice......

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Is absorbable suture available OTC (over the counter)? I've heard of this method but never tried it & wanted to suggest it to someone here a while back, but
    wasn't sure if they'd be able to buy what they needed...or if you need "connections" like a sympathetic vet to buy it from?
    I got it online at http://www.mountainside-medical.com/ and since they sell silvadene without a prescription I threw some on the order to save shipping; it's good to have that on-hand for reptiles.

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    Re: Asking for advice......

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    I got it online at http://www.mountainside-medical.com/ and since they sell silvadene without a prescription I threw some on the order to save shipping; it's good to have that on-hand for reptiles.
    It sure is (a good idea)! Thanks so much... -so good to know.
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    Re: Asking for advice......

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyrivers View Post
    Very interesting.
    But NOT stupid. ( revealing my age and that I watched hee haw or was it laugh in,
    or Smothers Bros. )
    remember the German in the bushes.
    Last edited by ballpythonsrock2; 07-23-2019 at 04:14 PM.

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    Re: Asking for advice......

    Quote Originally Posted by ballpythonsrock2 View Post
    But NOT stupid. ( revealing my age and that I watched hee haw or was it laugh in,
    or Smothers Bros. )
    remember the German in the bushes.
    I grew up listening to the Smothers Brothers! Cause crabs walk sideways, lobsters walk straight, and we won't let you take her for your mate!

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