Things have been really quiet here at OCRA, giving us a lot of time to observe and choose the best pairings for the New Year. Very excited to hear the sweet lil pips!
Due to the ages of our a few of our girls, we should have several litters coming up in the next few months.
2016 Winter All Science Litter
The group of babies above is from our OCRA Galileo and OCRA Penelope. From the picture, you can see that we will have at least 3 different colors in this litter because of their eye color. (We may even have 4.) Penelope is our sweet, quiet girl, which prefers to follow the others around. She would rather snuggle than jump from the couch to the table (so unlike her sister Phoebe) She is a wonderful first time mama! The sire of this litter is just as sweet as the mama. Galileo is also a quiet one that prefers to snuggle. He will even allow you to turn him over on his back and rub his soft agouti belly.
2017 Winter Guardians of the Galaxy Litter
This litter will be the last one for our beautiful OCRA Llyra. Unlike some ratteries, we feel it is important to keep the mama's here where they can enjoy the rewards of stabality and love from us after they have produced babies for our lines. It is often hard to read when another breeder has an 18+ month old male or female available to adopt knowing that they will be leaving "home" after such a long time. After this litter, Llyra will be retiring with the rest of our loved mama’s. (We try to keep the older dams with the younger does, to teach the young ones manners and all the lessons needed to meld well in our Girls Sorority. ) Llyra has thrown some amazing babies. OCRA Beast, the sire of this litter, is our, “Let me love you by holding your fingers or even face while I kiss you for hours on end” guy. He is very outgoing with his humans and has thrown some beautiful babies (this will be his third litter). We are hoping for more dilutes, with a few possible minks, blues and agouti’s in this litter.
2017 Winter Friends Litter
This is the first pairing for both mom and dad. CRUS Christine is very active rex girl, who joined us back in August. We always joke about her ‘Fu Manchu’ whiskers. We are really enjoying having some rex in the mischief. She is the first rex we have bred and are looking forward to her throwing a few in this litter. The sire, Joey of OCRA, is one of our old boys. Because we did not know much about his maternal side we wanted to wait until he was almost two to breed him. This helps us rule out many of the genetic abnormalities that can arise later in life such as tumors, poor health or even short lifespan. We are so focused on health & temperament we couldn’t miss the chance to get some more of his genetics in an OCRA line.
If all goes well, we should have some amazing babies available Feb/March and will also be able to take our keepers to the next rat show in April 2017, Ratapalooza. No joke, it is on April Fools' Day!