How many rats will you have now?
Well, depending on the size of the litters... we just had a girl have one single baby a few weeks ago so we never know what we're getting haha. We have 76 rats at the moment. Hoping to get some large litters from these girls.
I am sure that they will love the huge cage that you are building! How exactly do you rat proof the walls?
Like Craig said, metal sheeting works wonders. We're using a thin sheet of tin to cover the floor, and we decided to make the cage about a quarter inch from the walls and just use 1/4" x 1/4" hole wire to make the whole cage, so they can climb around the whole thing instead of just the front and I'll have more areas to hang hammocks and toys from. And it will be close enough to the wall that we can screw the shelves and levels straight into the wall to make them super sturdy.
Not sure if can but id love to see photos of the girls pregnant. Ive always wondered how big some females get. I know dwarfs can get HUGE but Ive snever seen rats.
Anyway keep us informed!
As soon as my boy get better and isnt contagious im seriously considering finding Siamese.
Sure, i'll go take a few pics of the girls that are super fat right now and post them in a minute.
Originally Posted by Craig Thatcher
I have recently built a cage, and have drawn plans for a bigger one, but nothing like on the scale you are doing, I just read your post....WOW, huge!!! But I bet you have quite a few Ratties. Want more friends, but my wife has put her foot down :-( Congratulations by the way, sounds like you are going to be busy very soon, good luck!!!
I'm always pretty busy here with all the animals. And yea, we do have quite a few rats. Most of the reason we have so many females pregnant at once is for snake food, but out of the 76 rats we have, 42 are just my pets, and the rest are for breeding, as well as my pets. We have several large boas that need to eat too.
Although I would keep all the ratties if I could.