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Euthanasia VS Culling

Something I have noticed is a lot of breeders claim not to cull. To dissect that statement, we first need to look at the definition of “cull” in terms of a breeder.  To cull means to remove from the breeding program. This can be done one of 2 ways; Euthanasia and Not Breeding. These are […]

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Husbandry Information

How Much Time Do My Rats Really Need?

So! Over the past 2 years, I have noticed more and more that one of the main reasons people decide to rehome their rats is due to lack of time. This is usually because they started studying or got a new job. Now, I’m not saying that having less time isn’t valid. I’m not saying […]

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Why Do I Have So Many Litters?

Firstly, I would like to start off by saying that the amount of litters you have does NOT determine your worth as a breeder of any kind. There is no “rule book” stating how many litters is acceptable. There is only individuals who think themselves high and mighty, and who wish to control others due […]

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Why Did I Choose My Rattery Name?

Sometimes we look at a name and think “why did they choose this?”Well, today I’m going to tell you why I chose Calico. Most people are familiar with the term “heart rat”. This is when a rat just has a certain bond with you. They’re like your best friend. It’s unexplainable, but anyone who’s had […]

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Husbandry Information

To Spay or Not To Spay

So we all know that with cats and dogs it’s pretty much a given that it’s okay to spay and neuter. There are many reasons to spay and neuter (especially cats if they’re outdoor cats). However, with most small animals (specifically rats, others like rabbits are different), these procedures are usually unnecessary and dangerous. Neutering […]

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Interspecies Interaction

This is a post to explain why exactly I will not adopt to anyone who plans to allow different species to interact.On March 22, 2019 one of my first girls, Calypso, was killed by a cat. Not just any cat. A cat who grew up in my bedroom with the rats. A cat who would […]

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Genetics Information

Colours and Combinations: G Locus

The G Locus The G locus, also known as the Grey Locus, is responsible for the dilution of the black pigment (eumelanin) to a blue-grey. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and represented by “G”. Each strand of hair contains black pigment. The recessive mutation is represented by “g” and causes the pigment in […]

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Colours and Combinations: D Locus

The D Locus The D Locus, also known as the Dilute or Russian Blue Locus, is responsible for the distribution of pigment in each strand of hair. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and represented by “D”. Each strand of hairs’ pigment is distributed evenly throughout. The recessive mutation is represented by “d” and […]

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Colours and Combinations: B Locus

The B Locus The B locus, also called the Brown Locus, is responsible for turning the eumelanin pigment (which is normally black) to brown. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and is represented by “B”. Any pigments affected by eumelanin are black. The recessive mutation of this locus is represented by “b”. Any pigments […]

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Colours and Combinations: A Locus

The A Locus The A locus, also called the Agouti Locus, is responsible for the banding of the fur. The wildtype of this Locus is dominant and is represented by “A”. Each strand of hair is banded in different colours, namely black and yellow. The recessive mutation of this locus is represented by “a”. Each […]