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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-10-2011, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I was wondering what kinds of bugs and stuff I can get for my little ratties. The other day I split an earthworm in half and they each got a piece and they went absolutely NUTS over it... I didn't think until after that I should ask somebody who knows about these things. Can I keep giving them earthworms? What about mealies, or superworms? Well, maybe not superworms since they bite...... but yeah. They get egg and chicken and things like that pretty often but it was so fun watching them eat the squirming worm I was wondering what else I can give them.
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If you buy clean bugs, it's fine, but try not to give bugs from your garden, you're not sure what sort of bacteria/viruses they might be carrying!
You can try also chicken bone under surveillance, my rat LOVED it and it was crazy to see she could eat through it no problem.
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No, they're not, and I don't think I am going to get them fixed. I'm happy with them living separately, and like I said, they still get along awesome unless one of them encroaches on the others' territory, which they are both learning is a no-no. We'll see how it plays out - if they start fighting for real, I will definitely take them to the vet but for now, it's all good.
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Haha I don't know how I managed that - this should be in my picture thread with SMokey and val (bunnies).
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Thanks for you advice BTW.
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Rats are much happier together. I don't own any and I don;t know how often Lisa (vanillarat) comes here to back me up. But I've long enough with her and her rats to know this. They can live fine but it's recommended to pair them. (same goes for bunnies but I can't say much bc I have my plate full with just Kaysh) Lisa, though, feeds them crane flies, worms, pinkie mice, super worms and spiders and other such things.
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Lol my rats live together, it's the bunnies I was talking about - I totally posted in the wrong thread, somehow. Gracie and Cocoa are sisters and will stay together unless something happens to one or the other.

Pinkie mice? Isn't that kind of.. cannibalistic in a way?
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Oh, my bad!! lol I totally read that you missed the thread about the bunnies but somehow ignored it. Anyhow, pinkies? Seeing as mice and rats are different species of rodent it's not "technically" cannibalistic so to speak, but gruesome? Yes. They don't care. Rats will eat anything.
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Ever heard of Muricide? Rats are actually very common predators of mice. And not just pinkies, either, they'll go after adults as well.
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How about Dubia roaches? Yummy.



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Wow, I had no idea about the mouse thing - I know they are different species but still, it hits kind of too close to home for me. I'd think of my ratties having babies every time I fed them one, I don't think I', up for that. I think roaches, mealies, etc. would be where I cut it lol.
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Yeah, agreed, feeding mice to rats just seems...gruesome and too close to home, as you said!

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Rats can have super and mealy worms and crickets.I have given mine these,but I rarely do.I usually give them fish or some sort of meat...the bugs are for my scorpion.
I never tried earthworms before though.I have caught crane flies in the past and given them to my rats,but again I rarely give my rats live food.

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Rats are much happier together. I don't own any and I don;t know how often Lisa (vanillarat) comes here to back me up. But I've long enough with her and her rats to know this. They can live fine but it's recommended to pair them. (same goes for bunnies but I can't say much bc I have my plate full with just Kaysh) Lisa, though, feeds them crane flies, worms, pinkie mice, super worms and spiders and other such things.
I don't feed my rats pinky mice!!!!?

I NEVER fed my rats pinky mice??? Where are you getting that from? I used to feed my geckos pinky mice and my scorpion can have them,but I have never fed rats mice...




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Yeah I kind of thought that sounded strange.
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