I'm just wondering (not planning to breed or anything) I've heard mixed answers about this.
With rats is it okay to pick up a newborn pup? I was told that it was and a friend of mine a few years ago let me hold one of her newborns because I happened to be over when they were born. We washed our hands and the mother didn't mind us touching them at all and nothing happened to any babies.
But I know some animals will reject the baby if you touch it and get your scent on it. I've heard a lot lately that rats are one of those animals and that you should wait until they are at least three weeks old to touch them but I thought before that it was good to handle them from birth unless the mother absolutely won't let you near them. So I'm not sure what to believe now?
Just curious, so if I ever decide to breed any rats in the future or if I'm offered to hold any newborn ratties.