Lesson learned. My Dear Husband was cooking breakfast yesterday. He wanted jalapeño with his eggs. Grilled jalapeño sounded even better. Within 5 minutes I was coughing and had to leave the room. I did not recover for over 30 minutes. I didn't even think about what might be happening within our mischief.
Fast forward to last night. Sweet Apollo and Buddy Chandler sounded like they might be getting a URI ?!?! By bed time Apollo sounded like a raspy old man. I took him into the shower and steamed up the room hoping to give a bit of relief. While in there, I remembered about the jalapeños, as the mist in shower caused the spice smoke to drip into my eyes. 10 hours later it was still on my skin and irritating our sweet ratties. Capsaicin and rodents do not mix! No wonder pepper spray is so successful.
This morning EVERYONE is totally fine and my Dear Husband still gets his jalapeños, just not browned first lol
Had no idea that rats could hold their breath for so long! Click on the button to go to the video link
Mystique and Dazzler are back with their humans. We had a great 2 weeks with them! All of the girls are happy to have run of both levels again. I also moved the Boy's Dorm back above the Bachelor Pad. I enjoyed having Ham and Cheese at eye level this week but ALL the younger boys forgot how to use their litter box while on the bottom of the DCN
We usually try to make sure there are enough chicken bones to go around otherwise two ratties will grab onto one bone and play a not so nice game of tug-of-war.
A couple weeks ago, one of our rescue boys bit their person (our 14 year old daughter) through the bars. It was her fault for moving fast & smelling like PBJ. Nevertheless, it hurt and was just right to cause blood to spray through the room. It actually looked like a scene from CSI in the bathroom where she tried to take care of it herself.
Since then I had notice her not taking them out as often. I try to take everyone out for loving each day. Usually, they got extra special time with her in her room.
Yesterday, I decided to try to change things up. We put the Bachelor Pad on top and moved the Boy's Dorm below for a bit. By doing this, my hope was for those sweet boys to grab the attention of ALL who walk by. Sure enough....they have been taken out 3 times already today, once by my daughter. She still doesn't trust them as much but understands their needs for loving as well. ♡
Very excited about our Marvel Line Pairing of OCRA Beast ♡ CRUS Celtic Rose. If all works we should hear the lil pip (squeaks) making their debut the weekend of 9/11/15.
We were just asked for the news on OCRA Truffles? It reminded me that I had not updated her Adventure the past two weeks. I am not sure if it was the shock, or denial that caused me to avoid the discussion.
Once a week we weight our ratties. We do this to track their weight, watch for illness, and over all see the average weight for a rat at any given age. This is also a great tool when we are tracking weight in our pregnant females. We can tell right after a pairing if she has taken. We can also often tell right away if she has reabsorbed the litter. This also helps us guess fairly accurately how many lil pips(queaks) they will have.
This past month we were hoping to pair OCRA Aurora with Buddy Chandler of OCRA. So we have been giving her extra goodies to get her pre-pregnant weight up to 300 grams. Most of our lines to this point have been so small we have had a hard time getting them to meet our personal goal of 300 grams. On average the females have been 260 grams.
Little bit of info : With each pregnancy the female will gain more weight filling out after her babies have been weaned. They usually will not stay down at pre pregnant weight rather gain 10-30 grams due to the hormones that have flowed so freely during pregnancy and nursing.
EmmaOreo of OCRA (our grandma) is now 334 grams from her previous weight of 297 grams. She is still sleek looking without a belly but her head is much broader than before.
OCRA Truffles on the other hand went back down to 314 after her last pregnancy (14 grams more than pre pregnant weight) During the past few weeks she had actually gained over 40 grams going all the way to 354 grams!!! Panic. Concern. Confusion. That was what we all felt as we began to weigh even daily gains. We were actually worried that the boys in her last litter had matured early. Not common but still possible. We looked at dates, realizing that she would have had to hold over fertilized eggs before implantation for 8 days if she was pregnant again. Possible again but still doubtful.
We actually became convinced we were going to have another litter watching this weight gain. Fortunately, on Monday her weight dropped down 10 grams, and has continued daily to drop. Today she is 334 grams like her mama.
The first, she was pregnant and has begun to reabsorb.
The second, she had been sneaking Aurora's extra treats we have been giving her to fatten her up.
We will go with option two, even though the weight gain started before the extra treats - lol. Just because we cannot imagine getting so lucky again with her being healthy after her last delivery and us avoiding a serious catastrophe with her delayed delivery of her 4th baby.
( I had to come back here to add something I forgot to mention about our lil side adventure. I was desperate to figure out the weight gain and ended up going back to re-sex all of the ratties in the girls cage, Especially, CRUS Ariel and OCRA CRUS Artemis, since they were the more recent additions but am happy to confirm they are ALL girls - hahah)
This weekend we will be pairing one of these ladies with one of the males we picked for them, a month ago.
We are planning on having lil pips (queaks) available the end of October.
I walked in and CRUS Bennet has two boys grooming him. Went to grab camera and only caught OCRA Beast. The funny part is he is our 2nd to youngest but the biggest in the boys dorm.
Our crazy rat adventure is small glimpse into our little menagerie. We never intended to, but we ended helping others fall in love with the little vermin.