Ok so i have a situation
In my introductions i stated i was getting my new rats in two weeks, and would like to give you guys a story behind it if i may....I also need all the help i can get in how to raise these babies. Ok heres the story behind all this ( I was not expecting to get pet rats at all)
Ok so it was a typical saturday, i went out with my mom yard saleing, anyhow we came upon this yard sale by my house and the lady there had a fish tank i was looking at to put my fish in, well this lady came up to me (the one doing the yard sale) and was like if you want that tank i have some rats to go with it. I'm like really? rats? She was like yea, my husband has a snake and i thought it would be a great idea to buy the rats and breed them myself instead of having to go to the store all the time for snake food, but didn't realize that the rats breed like crazy and now she has way too many, so i was like really so you have babies? and she was like well, yea and if you get the tank you can have a few, because i have way too many rat litters.....so anyhow i asked her to show them to me, and she said sure and took me to a room in the back.....I tell you what...i've never seen so many rats in 2 10 gallon tanks in my life! You know that has to be soo uncomfortable.....at this point i was getting mad cause why would she get rid of a perfectly good 10 gallon tank when by the looks of it she needed the tank so these poor things could have more room, but i held my tongue as she preceeded to show me the babies which were actually 2 litters one in each tank in a "nest" the rats had made...then she went on to tell me how she told her husband that he couldn't feed the white ones to the snake as they were here first...so i'm thinking pet, you know, that she lied about breeding them for snake food but got a male and female and they had babies and so on and so on....and she started using the colored ones (not white) for the snakes dinner, so upon closer inspection i realized there were only two colored babies, (future snake food) so i pointed out a little black and white baby and asked her if she would take him out so that i could see him better, she grabbed him up by his tail! dangled him in front of me! I was like OMG!! Anyhow i told her, not to do anything!! I wanted the caramel one and the blacka nd white one (the only two not white ones in the litter) so next week i'm picking them up as they are not weaned yet. I had to rush home and tell hubby what all happened and finally got him to agree for me to have those two....I've been online all day reading about rats as pets and proper care and maintenance, they actually seem like lots of fun! Oh and i also didn't buy her tank.....i found a 5 gallon and another 10 gallon at another yard sale for 5 dollars, for my fish.....but i did go back to her house later and make sure when they were born so i wouldn't get them too young and she ended up handing me her 10 gallon she had at the yard sale including a rat wheel food bowl and water bottle. Now the thing that concerns me is, she had no idea when theses babies were born, she said 2 maybe 3 weeks ago, i don't want to get them so young they don't survive, but on the other hand i don't want her feeding them to the snake either......She acts very nonchalant about everything, so i doubts she watches if they eat or not, so what should i look for? Theres not much i can do....I can't be there to see if they are weaned, so how old do they need to be? They are about half the size of your pointer finger and they have their eyes open.