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I have two 8 week old rats right now that i brought home yesterday but I have a huge double critter nation and was wanting to get two more (especially since my old mischief consisted of 4 boys) These two are from a different breeder they opened their eyes a few days ago the breeder says they are about 3 weeks and they that should be ready a week from today to come to their new home. I feel like they should at least by 6 weeks but if he is separating them from mom at that point anyway. Do you guys think they will be okay? Any tips????
 

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Split off the cage half, and put the youngest ones up top (so you can see them easier) and remove the shelf. This means less area for them to climb and possibly injure themselves. Two weeks, at this age, can be quite a difference in size, but if there are multiple it shouldn't matter so much. Let them get settled in the top level (unable to be reached by the 8 weeks old in the bottom half) for about a week before putting the 4 in the top level, so they're confined to just half the cage. This means they're forced to socialise and there's less territory to fight over. Good luck!
 

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I would not want babies to leave there mum never mind home at 4 weeks old. Whilst they are technically weaned in reality they still feed from mum regularly and benefit a lot from social development. They will get split from the other sex and mum at around 5 weeks, but even then they benefit from at least another week in with there siblings in a familiar place before being uprooted and moving into a new home. Your typical ethical breeder wont home before 6 weeks, and many wont before 7. I tend to play it by the rats themselves but it can be anywhere between 6 and 8 weeks for me.

As a plus once they are quarantined introducing them should be as simple as putting them in the same cage, baby intros are great.
 
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