I was able to pick up mama ratty tonight, set her aside for a little bit, and then handle all her babies! she's got 12, most of them are agouti like her but 3 of them are black and white hooded. they all have their eyes open and were a little bit uncomfortable being handled but they seemed to adjust fairly quickly. I think they should make socialization progress pretty easily as long as we keep up on it. they're so freaking adorable! the only health concern i really have so far for them is their heads seem so huge compared to their bodies. other than that they seem to be doing well, they were all alert and responsive and one of them gave me an exploratory nibble on my hand.