So, I came up to stay with my animals for 2 days while my ex is out of town. I finally had the courage to go in and see how my rats are, and which ones are left. It was really sad for me to not see some of the ones that I wanted to see. I cleaned out their cages and took a few pics.
Here's the girls:
Maddie in front, with some babies in the back
Bella! Who is still doing great since the abscess she had on her jaw
Bonnie and Sookie
And here's the boys
Just keep in mind that this is NOT their cage, I just put them in this 55 gal aquarium while I was cleaning their cage and it was easier to take pics in it since there are so many of them.
There are 25 baby boys. The one with the blaze in the front of the pic, has a pink eye and a ruby eye. There's a female that looks just like him too.
To my GREAT surprise, Clyde is still alive! I was told he wasn't... so that made me super happy. He's my oldest boy, and the sweetest ever, he treats the babies like he's their mommy haha.
And Max! With the little hooded boy that had the heart on his tummy
I've decided to take 6 of the ratties home with me, 3 boys and 3 girls, all are younger. The older rats are fine here for now, my ex's daughter holds them every day. But she is afraid of the babies, so she doesn't hold them. The babies aren't mean or anything, they are just a little afraid of people right now, because for a few crucial weeks in their lives, no one has held them or touched them.
They don't bite, they just hide at first. But they are still very curious, so after a while of me just sitting at the cage with the door open, they all started coming up to my hand and sniffing me. One boy even started licking me right away. It was the black hooded male with the heart on his tummy, one of Maddies babies. Some of them aren't afraid to be picked up either. But some will try to run if I go to pick them up. But they come running right back, wanting me to pet them.
I talked to my ex this morning, and I told him that he should start petting the rats, they really like it. Even if its just when he goes in to feed them, give the ones that come running up a little pat. He said he would start doing that.
The boy babies are SO big. And you can see the definite size difference between the 2 litters that were born on the same day, and the litter that came a few weeks later. One of Maddies boys, the tan and white hooded male, is HUGE compared to the others, even the ones from his litter. He's one of the ones I'm taking home, as well as the black hooded male, and one of the black and white boys from the 2 week younger litter.
The girls I'm taking are, the all brown girl and the blue hooded, both from Maddies litter, and the light tan and white blazed odd eye girl.
So I'll have some good pics of them once I get home later tonight. The girls I'm taking aren't in any of those pics because I had already moved them to another cage.
I'm just taking 2 smaller cages for now, to keep these 6 in. Once they get bigger, I have some big ferret cages that they will be in.
The only thing I'm worrying about is that, there WAS 5 young boys in with the young girls after my ex sexed them. He mis-sexed 5 boys. He noticed a few days ago, and moved them in with the other boys. So I'm hoping none of these little girls are pregnant..... That would not be good.... Ugh all of this is so stressful.