How fun to go through this whole process - Looks like their book will be published Fall 2015 - Good luck with your book, Petey, The One-Eyed Rat
Four Days Old - Our lil pips are doing wonderful. They have their colors showing. Hoping to get some blue agouti, but looks more agouti than blue. We are just beginning to work with agouti and are excited to see what we get as the hair begins grow. For the pink/red/ruby eyes, we could end up with Amber / Light Silver Fawn, Platinum Agouti (good chance with Beast being a mink dilute), Russian Fawn or PEW (Pink Eye White). This pairing looks to produce some amazing heads and great confirmation for many of them. Cannot wait to see how their ears develop. We have a weight gain of 4 grams average for whole litter. Their weights are 6-10 grams this morning. We have been keeping tally marks each time to track sex of each group. Past two days the totals are - Girls 6 Boys 10
There is something about these little babies that always leaves us in awe. How can something not exist 23 days ago and now be such an amazing lil thing. They have all gained 2+ grams. We should have markings and color begin to show by tomorrow night.
Now that the contractions have ended we took mama amd her nest out of cage. (Having a nest box makes it so much easier to do this) Celtic Rose was easily tempted with a bit of string cheese to snuggle a moment in our daughter's arms while I did a baby check.
16 beautiful lil pips have joined our mischief. Very glad we checked on them. Mama bled a lot. She is no longer bleeding but she soaked through several layers of her nest. As we were removing the soaked papers we noticed a baby's head stuck to a piece of paper. We had to spend about 2 minutes applying warm water to the paper to safely remove iit from the babies face. This baby has a large amount of bruising all over it. Not sure if mama tried to free it.
After putting mama and nest back into the cage we waited to make sure she would suckle the babies again. Didn't have to wait long. She took one trip to litter box them climbed in and settled back to being a great mana. About 2/3 of them have milk bands and those that don't are now latched in nursing.
After a busy morning, we finally had a chance to see what treasures Celtic Rose had hidden for 22 days. After a cursory look, we may have 7 girls and 9 boys. Almost half of the litter appears to have pink/red/ruby eyes. We cannot wait to see the colors /markings in the next couple days.
Several lil pips(queaks) greeted us when we came home today. Mama is still in labor so I do not want to do a count yet. Look forward to some fun pictures as our Fall 2015 'Marvel' Litter grows ♡
Okay so this news really isn't about pet rats. It is still about sweet pocket pets and the firefighters that rescued them. click here to read the article
Wow, can you believe we now have less than a week and the little Marvel babies will arrive. Celtic Rose has gained 68 grams (a little over 2 oz) in 16 days. She is still trying to climb and jump but we imagine by Tuesday she will just be sleeping. We have noticed that 2 of our younger girls have been trying to start fights with her hoping to gain her place in the hierarchy of the mischief. We have quashed that by dividing the DCN into 2 and putting those girls and Aurora on the bottom while leaving Celtic Rose and our veteran mama's (EmmaOreo and Truffles) in the upper level.
In a few days we will take out Truffles, who is the head rattie in the Girl's Sorority. She will do well to keep Aurora, Ariel and Artemis in line! Our objective is to keep the peace among all the mischief for smooth re-introductions after delivery. This will mean that there will be play time with the feisty little girls and Celtic Rose, however it will be short and sweet. We have not decided if EmmaOreo will remain with Celtic Rose through delivery or not. Usually we separate them completely for the first 2 weeks except for play time, that happens during a mama nursing break. After reading so many articles and studies on rats, it seems that their communal living is one that relies on EVERYONE helping everyone. As long as EmmaOreo isn't pregnant we feel that she will just be an asset to the mama. If we notice any possible dangers we will promptly remove her. We are hoping to allow her to be a nurse maid as well as several of our females do this starting at the 2 week introductions.
A fine example of how the ratties help each other. While taking the picture of Celtic Rose cramped in her bear bed above, we did notice EmmaOreo and Truffles collecting all the paper in the cage this morning. They were building a huge nest in the bin we used for their litters. As soon as they stopped, Celtic Rose carefully squeezed out of the bear bed and marched over to the bin and promptly claimed it as her own.
Our Crazy Rat Adventure Blog is small glimpse into our little menagerie. We never intended to, but we ended helping others fall in love with the little vermin.