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Well I am new to this forum, not really new to rats though. I have been keeping rats and small animals probably since I was 10 (am now 22) and I have recently started up again with rats. I have 2 fancy rats that were given to me from someone who could no longer take care of them. It is of course a male and female combo..so the female is probably pregnant, although I really have no idea...any signs or anything I should be looking out for? I will post some pictures of them here.

Shellie (female) is the smaller one and Henry (male) is much bigger than she is.



 

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Get that female spayed and that male snipped snipped asap! You probably do have a pregnate female then but after she gives birth in a seperate tank get her spayed if you want to keep them together! Or just keep them seperate and keep a male and female from the litter for each to have same sex companions in seperate cages.


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Get that female spayed and that male snipped snipped asap! You probably do have a pregnate female then but after she gives birth in a seperate tank get her spayed if you want to keep them together! Or just keep them seperate and keep a male and female from the litter for each to have same sex companions in seperate cages.


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I don't know that the female is old enough to be pregnant, but I think she is. I was going to keep the whole litter and split them into male and female groups. Could I put the males back in with the dad when they are old enough, or is that not a good idea?

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Putting the males back with the dad (when they're weaned and old enough, like you mentioned) would be fine, I'm sure.
 

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Yeah, females can become pregnate at five weeks o_O They really dont' seem like their old enough but they can. It's probably best to assume she's pregnate and seperate them for now.

And when they are weaned at five weeks old it would be excellent of you to put the males with the dad. Make sure they get along fine but it's great cause the dad can finish up showing them ratty socialisation they learn up until 6-7 weeks.
 

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Hello Strike2, welcome to the forums :)
 
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