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Hi there. I'm a new member. I live in canada and I own 2 pet rats at the moment. Garbonzo and Nibbles. One of my friends and I have stared to breed rats together and hope to have our first litter around September!
You can see my site at http://www.freewebs.com/bluewindrats/index.htm
Hope you like it! I'm just finishing making a rat info site to!
 

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Welcome.

What is the background of your rats? Why are you breeding?
 

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Hello.
Its nice to see somebody else from Canada for a change :). Which province are you from if you don't mind me asking.

And not to sound mean, but i hope you're not breeding them simply because you can.
 

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How long have you been breeding, and who was your mentor?

Also - what's in the rats' pedigrees? What's their lineage/genetics?
 

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I'm breeding cause I adore rats and love them with all my heart. I'm breeding with healthy friendly rats and I guess you could say my metor is forums like this! I'm in Ontario.
 

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ur a neighbor,. im from la belle province. I don't think you entirely understood the question Night was asking but i'll leave that up to you two to decide lol :p
Also i don't think just plain adoring rats is enough reason to breed, i think too many people take it upon themselves to let rats have numerous litters, what do you do with the babies?
 

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I'm in touch with a pet store that buys the babies from me. (don't worry it's not for snake food) I also have friends that would like rats and I'm always puting up ads. Whenever some one buys a rat from me I'll make sure they fill out a questionaire to make sure they are good rattie owners!
 

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I don't think the pet store will screen for whether it's pet food or not.

And you say your rat 'looks' like a roan? Do you know their breeding? Their health background? LIneage?

Are they pet store rats?

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I don't think the pet store will screen for whether it's pet food or not.



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I agree it would be MUCH more responsible to breed your rats already knowing that you have homes lined up for as many as possible, and you can only have so many friends so what are you going to do when they don't want rats anymore?
 

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I have ads up all over. Also I know quite a bit about breeding and have done a tun of research...every single day I find new info out. I always make sure my breeding moms and dads are healthy. I also like to get people inerested in my rats before they are born so when it's time for them to go they already have a owner. We also have a very good pet store down here that'll buy them from me.
 

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As it is now, all you're doing is basically 'backyard breeding.' The animals have no pedigrees, and you're breeding them without any reason. Rats and other animals aren't property, you shouldn't breed them and sell them off like they're objects.

Accredited breeders have 5+ generation pedigrees, have been mentored by another accredited breeder, and register their rats (such as with North American Rat Registry, NARR). Do you know about genetics? About possible birthing problems? Do you have enough money for an emergency vet visit if something happens to one of the moms or babies? There is a LOT that goes into breeding. You don't just put two seemingly-healthy rats together and hope for the best.

Even if the two rats you're breeding seem healthy, you have absolutely NO idea what's in their genetics or lineage! There could be any number of defects.

If you love rats, you should rescue homeless rats from shelter/rescues, and spay your females.
 

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Of corse there not objects! But if I didn't sell them they might not go to a good home. Every one says how breeding is so hard but as long as your prepaired (don't get me wrong, I know there is much more to breeding then putting a male rat and a female rat together) and have done research and know your babies will go to good homes. Then I think a person can start to think about breeding rats. And I'm aware that things can go wrong...I'm ready to hand feed the babies all on my own if I have to and ect.
 

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But you're just adding to the problem, though. If you want to be a real breeder, why not actually get a *real* mentor and pedigreed rats? Why are you breeding animals from shoddy pet store lines?
 

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The pet store we have here breeds for health and temperment and will look back on bloodlines for your rats. They are a really amazing pet shop. I would like to make rats a healthier animal and not just play around with breeding.
 

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Well, it doesn't seem that you understand what I'm trying to get across. So, I'll stop commenting now.

Breeding pet store rats = bad, bad idea.

The end.
 

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Yes but they are just as good as a breeder. Any way....it really does depend on who owns the pet shop. You can't really generalize and say that every pet store is bad.
 
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