Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
Do understand that I'm dealing with two different breeders. The breeder of the nakeds is in a situation that is raising flags with me, but some of those things are in the process of changing, and she has learning potential in her. I have several reasons to think she will eventually be a good breeder, but not just yet. She has been housing her rattery until last week temporarily at a third party's house. The third party runs a rescue out of her home and I am not sure that place observed QT practices. Thus, the nakeds were exposed unessessarily.
The breeder that gave me the 5 week advice on QT was a different lady entirely, and it was this lady I got my black kids and my Siamese boy from. I posed the 2 week question to HER, and here's what she sent me:
"The standard for any quarantine is 4 weeks, if its coming from a source that is of higher risk such as a pet store or any breeder's currently active breeding colony then it needs to be 5 weeks. Im not sure where the idea of the 2 weeks standard is coming from or why is has recently become the current trend with people but while most illness generally takes around 2 weeks to show symptoms, there are some very deadly ones that can take up to 4 weeks or more to show. Also, the time of the initial infection becomes important when looking at sheeding and dormiant periods for each virus or bacteria. When a colony has currently breeding, birthing and nursing rats, the period of quarantine does not stop until the last litter is fully weaned and seperated from mom as the mom produces antibioties that can hide and stall the infections until the babies are weaned, at which point, then is the start of the infection and then symptoms can occur up to 5 weeks later. By this point, you could be looking individuals who don't show until 2 or more months into the initial infection period. If there is another litter then born during this time, the period must start only after they are weaned. This is why breeding colonies are sometimes the most highest at risk for these things due to this and can keep a virus or bacteria active and infecting almost continuously for years."
I personally trust her. She is highly respected as a rat breeder in our tri-state area and has worked closely with me from day one of contacting her about her kids. I've found her nothing but knowledgeable and honest in every dealing I've had with her. Her attitude was two weeks minimum, but to be sure, you should really do 5 weeks with no active infection. She is also very practical in that 'hey, it's not easy, so we do just what we can. If 2 days is the max you can quarantine, then two days it is, but understand you're taking a risk.
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Last edited by Storyseeker; 12-09-2010 at 09:53 PM.