To all wanna be "breeders"
OK I am tired of posting the same thing over and over again, so I'm gonna say all I need to right here. Just a warning I do not intend to offend anyone, I just think some people really need to here this. It seems to me alot of people on here have or want pregnant rats or mice, and I do not understand this. Please understand that it takes a whole lot more to be a good breeder than putting a boy and a girl together. First off if you intend to become a breeder you should not have to come on a message board to ask how, I say this because the only animals that should be bred are those that came from a reputable breeder, with a ped and bloodline history. This is because unless you know their background, health and temperment wise you have no idea what you are gonna get. Even with a ped you are always taking a chance. However good breeders know what to breed for, certain gene combinations and so forth, which I cannot begin to explain because I don't understand it!! Which is exactly why I am not a breeder. NOt to mention some types of rats are nearly impossible to succesfully breed if you don't know what yu are doing, ie. manx and hairless. Also if you did get the rats (or mice) from a reputable breeder you would have had to have gone through an application and interview process, then if said breeder found you suitable to breed you would have to pay for breeding rights and you would be mentored in everything you need to know. If you really need to expierience "the miracle of life" do some research and foster a pregnant rattie or mouse. Although even then things do not always go smoothly but atleast you are giving an unwanted momma a chance. Also did I even mention the money you will NEED to have for vet bills? The pregnant momma and eventually her new babies will need regular check ups to ensure they are healthy, and of course if something does go wrong, an emergency C section or even an emergency spay, antibiotics, hospital stays, believe me it goes on and on!! I recently had a bad expierience with a rescue momma and her babies, I did everything I could and should and yet at 3 wks. the momma killed 7 of her babies out of nowhere, do you have any idea what 7 baby rats torn to pieces looks like?? Anyway this is getting pretty lengthy just one last thing, Please understand I am not against breeding by any means, it is actually required for breed betterment and to ensure there are healthy rats in this world. So please if you cannot meet all the requirements I have stated above and do not have an excellent breeder to mentor you,....DO NOT BREED!! Ok I am done Thanks for hearing me out!!