Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
Things I like:
All your pictures. They all are cute as buttons.
The clean layout with good use of color and decorative elements. It's always refreshing to see a good layout on a site. You've got a good artistic eye.
A few of many things I’d want to know (IE: See somewhere on the site either clearly or some indication thereof that lets me know it would be easy to find out):
Who’s your mentor?
How long have you worked with breeding rats under said mentor?
What’s your adoption process?
What are the lines you're working with?
Where did you get your stock?
What are your rats’ genealogies as far back as you know?
What details are there on each rat’s health and temperament-good bad and ugly?
What’s your rattery's philosophy and specific goals?. (Everyone always says they are breeding for ‘health, temperament, and type’ in that order).
Are those high whites in your breeding stock?
What are your goals with the pairing you have made?
How old is your stock- D.O.B.s/ages at each breeding?
Why are you charging different prices?
Why are you using inconsistent non-standard terms?
Do you cull and how?
I see many, many red flags that hint to me that while you might be a long time ratty owner who knows how to take care of your pet rats well, you present yourself as having questionable qualifications to be a reputable breeder. I’m speaking as someone who has less than 12 months first hand rat experience but who is simply a well-informed buyer who has an interest in doing my part to help better the pet rat plight.
It doesn’t mean I won’t buy from a new rattery who honestly doesn’t have a lot of experience yet or have perfect long established lines, but they’d have to be honest and transparent and clearly be striving towards becoming a reputable breeder. I know anyone who is well established in the rat world in the US will be a lot harsher than me.
And for good reason with the proliferation of ignorant back yard breeders and mills destroying what would otherwise be healthy, gentle, and beautiful lines of rats and doing nothing but contributing to the extreme overpopulation and misery of our fast breeding little guys for their own personal gain, be it profit or 'just because I wanted to breed', so be prepared and willing to learn, change, and answer honestly whenever needed.
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Hanging out in the Land of New Feetsies:
Melon, Skinner, Black Pete, Zanna, Custard, Tucker, Jeffrey, Zmei, and Windham.
Last edited by Storyseeker; 10-26-2010 at 07:01 AM.