We finally have nicknames for everyone! Took 16 days to see some differences and now that personalities are starting to show it will be even easier!
13 days old - cannot wait to see their eyes open. Mama Celtic Rose has gain a bit of weight as her milk supply has increased. These 16 lil pips (queaks) have quadrupled their weight in just two weeks. They have started to venture out of nest so Mama has moved them to yet another location to keep them contained.
We have nicknames for the Agouti now!
How do you tell a bunch of self or low marked ratties apart? You doodle little pictures of the paws and how the color breaks, of course . Yes, you may giggle at my doodles. Do you have any idea how hard it is to draw holding a squirming lil pip(squeak)? The dilutes are going to be a bit more difficult - no markings or differences showing.
We have nicknamed our blacks first. They are the easiest to tell apart with their belly markings.
Beautiful Little Boys
(all weigh 20 grams)
Eyes to open in less than a week! Nipples are just beginning to show so sexing confirmation in a day or two. Mama has adjusted to new set up and is nursing well. After a slight drop in weight, we did increase her food because she is producing more milk for the lil pips(queaks). This will be our first litter with so many self and Irish markings. I have to admit it is a bit more difficult to tell them apart but doodling their paw lines on paper seems to be a success for our personal tracking. Almost have nicknames for everyone. Will post those this week once we confirm sex.
Such a nice bunch of lil pips(queaks) in our mischief. Celtic Rose had a panic moment this morning and decided the nursery box was too small. She pulled all 16 babies out and set up camp behind the litter box. Of course the space was smaller but she set half on one corner edge the other half to form a 'L' . I offered her the Ark for her babies since it was a bit longer than the nursery box and she immediately moved everyone into it. We also set her up in a smaller cage to hopefully feel a bit more secure. We are happy to say she has been nursing all day in her cage within the DCN.
Deciding to work with agouti has opened so many possibilities. We are totally enjoying this litter. We are also learning to have a bit more patience then normal waiting for colors. Our lines have been showing some amazing traits and bringing in this agouti line should only enhance it. We are please with their weight gain - Mama CRUS Celtic Rose - is doing a great job rearing our OCRA babies. One thing we did notice around day four, is that with agouti belly, it is a bit harder to see the milk bands. We have been weighing them as usual so to see the consistent gain is a relief. All our lil pips(queaks) weigh between 8-12 grams today is day 6.
Mozambique has been declared free of landmines - HeroRATS have been doing an amazing job showing others how useful a rattie can be. The African Giant Pouched rats have been trained to search landmines out!
Here is a link to HeroRATS page
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.