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    My first breeders!

    I've started my very first small rattery. I've bred my first two breeders I picked up. No babies yet, but hopefully in the next week or so!!

    An agouti hooded male


    and a black hooded female


    And of course my two pet females. Kitty, the blue hooded, I've had forever, she's roughly 3 years old give or take (NOT being bred). Mercedes, the cream hooded, is about 6-7 months. I did decide to breed Mercedes and see what I get from her and Bently.




    I even started a cute little website Although, I'm NOT advertising them as feeders, (I've already had those crazy rat/tree huggers email me ) I'll probably sell most of them that way.

    www.undergroundrattery.synthasite.com

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    Re: My first breeders!

    LOL, no where on your site does it say feeders too... ahh, gotta love the over exciteable rat lovers

    They look good, have fun with that!

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    Re: My first breeders!

    Nice....I like it!

    You'll have to check out my "mittens" strain of rats....very cute stuff....as well as two "buzzed" rats.....they are white but have VERY short hair for some reason (maybe I missed something and this is common or bad)

    Best of luck!
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    Re: My first breeders!

    Quote Originally Posted by littleindiangirl View Post
    LOL, no where on your site does it say feeders too... ahh, gotta love the over exciteable rat lovers

    They look good, have fun with that!
    Lol, I made sure to change everything that even hinted that I would be willing to sell them as feeders. I'm hoping people will email me anyhow wanting feeders. When I first made the site I said they were feeders and got THREE emails!!! "You're not a true rat lover" "how could you let your pets die a horrible death" etc.

    Now I just get comments like "there are too many rats as it is, and they all end up in rescues. You're just adding to the problem." I should have said "no I'm not, when I get too many I'll just feed them to some snakes."


    Quote Originally Posted by jpman78 View Post
    Nice....I like it!

    You'll have to check out my "mittens" strain of rats....very cute stuff....as well as two "buzzed" rats.....they are white but have VERY short hair for some reason (maybe I missed something and this is common or bad)

    Best of luck!
    John

    Mittens?!? They aren't Berkshires are they, with a white stripe down their face?! I'm actually looking to buy one or two of those! I've emailed a woman about a blue berkshire, but she doesn't want to sell to a breeder

    I'm not sure what the white "buzzed" ones are

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    Re: My first breeders!

    If you haven't already, you'll quickly find that there are cool rat people like Becky and Crissy, then the rest of them.

    Most will not sell to you if you keep snakes, many will not sell to you because you don't have this credential or that, or want to breed. The fancy rat world is very unwelcoming to us reptile people.

    I imagine the buzzed he's referring to are Fuzzy, and last I heard not a very desireable trait. I don't really keep track of what the fancy rat world deems acceptable or not. I just try to keep on top of genetics and any problems from certain genes. I don't have any fuzzy or hairless, so I'm not to worried about them I guess! lol

    Berks are common, I have a crap ton of them. Too bad you aren't anywhere nearby, I'd hook you up!

    Here's an email I got from one local breeder, her's was one of the "nicer" ones.

    Hi Connie, I don't understand your interest in producing healthy rats of genetic high quality if they are just used for feeders. That would be like saying you wanted a high quality frog to feed your snake. The snake doesn't care as long as it's alive and warm. A rat that is not healthy will not hurt a snakes health.

    The established breeders will not provide their stock knowing the offspring will be used as a food source. There is a lot of work that goes into getting the ratties healthy, with just the right size ears and eyes and nose length.

    Some people spend hundreds of dollars getting these beautiful pit bull dogs and then put them in dogs fight and kill them, what is the point? Either you are strickly a pet only breeder or a feeder breeder, in the rattie world you can't be both, you will not be accepted. I'm sorry.
    My response
    Thank you for responding, it is much appreciated. I understand your points on whether or not I should care if the rats are healthy or not, because the reptile would not care either. I guess I was misleading in my question, I'm not looking for show quality animals, I just don't want animals that are heavily inbred and more susceptible to disease. This is because I selectively choose who gets bred to who, and I'm trying to prolong the health and temperament of these animals for generations to come; which is what most good responsible breeders do.
    Her response (and welcome to crazy town)
    HI Connie, I love all animals and everything has it's purpose and place in this world. I respect and find reptiles fascinating. I know they have to eat. I've heard of many snake owners who teach their baby snakes to eat thawed out frozen pinkies that were humanely put down. This part I can live with. What I have a hard time with is the large reptiles and the large ratties being but into their aquariums with no where to hide or escape just waiting to die.

    The reason why this bothers me is because I specialize in rattie behavior. Many people don't realize it but ratties have feelings and emotions just like we do. They feel happiness, sadness, and pain. They can be emotionally hurt and psychologically damaged just like we can. They are capable of real feelings of devotion, love and affection, not just for each other, but for us humans.

    This waiting to die fits into the psychologically damaged category. They suffer emotionally during the time it takes to become supper. They have panic attacks and can go insane because they know what's about to happen and are helpless to defend themselves. Just picture yourself caught in a lions cage and the door is locked and you start to get the feelings that these animals get in their circumstance.

    It's the suffering...that's what makes me sick to my stomach. I wouldn't wish suffering on any animal or person. I feel every living creature has the right to have a happy life. In the wild, a rattie can out run and hide from predators. If they are smart they may live a long life, but at least they are given a chance to try and make it. When stuck inside a glass wall they don't stand a chance of survival. It's just not a fair fight. I just want it all to be fair. It's like two boxers fighting in the ring and one is blindfolded. Just not fair.

    Well anyway, enough said...sigh...
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    Re: My first breeders!

    Yup...typical. When people on the bus see my mice or rats that I bring home from the store, some of them try 'the shpeal' on me as well - 'Oh it's cruel! They just sit there with a predator with nowhere to run!' and so on and so forth.

    Of course, when I tell them that I put the rodents 'to sleep' (i.e. CO2) right before feeding them to the snake, it shuts them up but they still glare. For the really loud ones, I let them know that I adore all animals as well, which is why I support the natural cycle of life and give any animal in my care the best life it can have. If that life is only going to last another hour or so, then so be it but they still get the best I can give. That includes feeding healthy, quality rodents to my snakes.

    Even though I really want better quality rats for breeding, like from a rat breeder, I know I would never get those because of the whacked out attitudes most of those people seem to have - your emails above are case in point. We just do what we can, try to explain to those who'll listen, and try to ignore those who refuse to learn. Oh well.

    BTW Isis - those are some cute rats! I love blue and cream hoodeds. Lotsa luck with the breeding!
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    Re: My first breeders!

    Pretty rats and cute website! I don't understand a lot of these rat breeders at all. And those emails were just strange...Wanting a fair fight? So for instance..fighting dogs is OK as long as they are equal? What strange logic.

    I would also imagine these breeders think nothing about the cow's fate when they grab a McD's cheeseburger. I love all animals but not every one is at the top of the food chain.

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    Re: My first breeders!

    hey connie,

    you should reply back that, that yes rats are a lot like humans and seeing those rats die keeps your urges from sacrificing little (human) babies. then ask the lady which she would prefer, cause you gotta satisfy the voices.

    just a thought.

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    Re: My first breeders!

    Quote Originally Posted by redpython View Post
    hey connie,

    you should reply back that, that yes rats are a lot like humans and seeing those rats die keeps your urges from sacrificing little (human) babies. then ask the lady which she would prefer, cause you gotta satisfy the voices.

    just a thought.
    LOL, I'm not sure I'd even do that one. I'll leave the dirty stuff to you. Anyways, this email is from a year ago... So I don't think she's quite remember what we're talking about.

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    Re: My first breeders!

    Oh good lord, now I feel a rant coming on so bear with me....

    Why is it supposedly sane, rational, thinking adults have this ridiculous need to impose their own human angst on some perfectly normal animal and it's responses? I'm sorry but I find it incredibly self-serving for that woman to use words like "panic attack" with reference to a rat, it's response as a prey and the snake's response as a predator. Her imposing her human feelings on a dynamic that is natural, that has been going on long before she was ever born and will go on long after she's dust is, for me, just the ridiculous human need to believe only our feelings and reactions "count" or can be the yardstick for all beings.

    It's a rat. It might be a just nifty perfect rat but it's a rat. Rats can be many things...a nice pet, a great companion animal, a dirty thing on a garbage dump, a natural food for many predators, one of them being snakes. All the other human babbling and yapping will never change that fact.

    Society confounds me. We impose human feelings on animals that don't want them (how pushy and rude is that?). We dress up dogs, carry them around and treat them as "our babies" when the poor thing just wants to run outside and crap under a tree and sniff another dog's butt. We decide our cat has "emotional issues". Makes me wonder sometimes what that says about folks.

    If you don't buy into the current mentality then you don't "care". How about caring enough to actually honor the animal by letting it be what it is, fulfill it's natural role, just be...without messing it up with our muddied, angst filled human existance. Sure I refer to our snakes as "scalekids" but that's more about them being a part of our family interest and hobby than any assumption that the lovely things need any of our human attributes.

    Okay rant over.
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