THank you, vanilla rat. That is just the info I was looking for. Of course, you could guess, I would not be getting old rats neutered- do you think they would even know girls are here in the house? Of course, the girls will be kept in the very back bathroom for a couple weeks, but then moved into my son's room- one and two rooms away from the other two boys. Chester doesn't come out of his cage anymore- you have to pry him out to clean it. Ditto does still parade through the house on my husband's shoulder on weekends- any ideas or tips on how to shield them from realizing the females are here? Chester I don't worry about as much as Ditto. Is this just something that I would have to wait and see their reaction to, or is it not really going to matter since the boys are both single so no risk of killing each other over a whiff of a girl? I don't want Ditto to be difficult for my husband to handle- he was the little rat that made hubby stop going ew over rats, after all, and they have a special bond.
I ahve been in contact with another breeder- but she does not have any ratties now and won't until December. I have emailed another, but have not heard back yet. I would have looked for a breeder earlier, but three years or so ago when we decided on rats, there were no breeders to be found- one retired breeder who was able to get my first two pairs for me from a breeder friend in Florida. Very surprising to see rats become more popular around here.
Last edited by jennawing; 09-28-2006 at 12:44 PM.