I am not currently breeding, but these are my goals for when I continue.
Health: My current health goal is the elimination of respiratory distress. I want to produce rats that are not bothered by any type of bedding. Although I will always recommend mild wood bedding such as aspen or kiln dried pine, I cannot control what adopters keep their new babies on. Right now my rats do not show any signs of sniffles, though I have noticed sneezes after bedding changes, most likely from the dust in the new bedding. All bedding has dust, even beddings that claim to be dust-free.
Temperament: I am breeding for laid-back, calm rats who will not fight new cage mates even with no introductions. My main goal is to have rats who will willingly lay down and allow you to pet their bellies. Males will be the most receptive, I don’t expect females to be completely calm, they have much more energy than the males.
Conformation: I am improving facial structure to be short and smooth with no pinched muzzles, small eyes, or folded ears. I will also be keeping a close eye on their bottom half to be sure there are no square butts or thin or pinched tails. I want stocky, well built rats with short, attractive heads.
- I will not breed females younger that 4 months or lighter than 250 grams, often older and heavier.
- I will not use bedding containing high amounts of aroma, including untreated woods and scented paper bedding.
- I will not keep rats in enclosures that are too small or over crowded.
- Mothers will be kept in short plastic totes to avoid injury and escapes of their offspring.
- I will only feed an appropriate diet consisting of lab block, fresh fruits and veggies, and table scraps. Mothers and growing litters will also get extras to keep their weight on and promote healthy growth.
- I will not knowingly adopt out rats who are sick. If your rat becomes ill, please contact me.
- I will not sell, euthanize, or otherwise remove retired breeders from my care if I am still actively breeding offspring. They hold vital information about my rats that I do not want to lose.
- I will not separate babies from their mother sooner than 5 weeks of age, this is a vital time in which babies need their mothers. I will not decide who I am going to adopt out until they are 8 weeks old.
- New rats that come into my care or rats returning from shows will undergo a strict 3 week minimum quarantine period. This will prevent the spread of disease.