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How old do rats have to be before you can switch them to adult food?

& What do you give as a portion a day? I normally just fill a bird dish and attach it inside their cage.

Today I got Oxbow's regal rat adult food and am wanting to switch them to that as it doesn't have alfalfa meal in it as their baby food does.
 

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The site says after 4 months of age ( http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/products/type/detail?object=1565 )

A good way to figure out how much they need is this: After cleaning the cage, there should be no food hidden anywhere. Now, give them about...say...15-20 little triangles of food PER rat. So 1 rat is 17, 2 rats get 35, et cetera. Watch them and see where exactly they each stash their food so you know their hotspots. The next day, take them out of the cage just so they aren't in the way of your hands and go to each spot and count how many pellets are left, if any. If there are no leftovers, add about 5 or 7 pellets per rat.

If there are, you'll want to decrease the daily amount by a portion of what's left. So, let's say you have 1 rat who gets 17 pellets. By the next day, only 7 remain. Tomorrow, give the rat 6 more pellets so that (including yesterdays 7 leftovers) he's got 13 total. And see from there. About 3 leftovers a day is good, in general. You aren't wasting pellets but your rat isn't hungry enough to eat them, either.
 

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The site says after 4 months of age ( http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/products/type/detail?object=1565 )

A good way to figure out how much they need is this: After cleaning the cage, there should be no food hidden anywhere. Now, give them about...say...15-20 little triangles of food PER rat. So 1 rat is 17, 2 rats get 35, et cetera. Watch them and see where exactly they each stash their food so you know their hotspots. The next day, take them out of the cage just so they aren't in the way of your hands and go to each spot and count how many pellets are left, if any. If there are no leftovers, add about 5 or 7 pellets per rat.

If there are, you'll want to decrease the daily amount by a portion of what's left. So, let's say you have 1 rat who gets 17 pellets. By the next day, only 7 remain. Tomorrow, give the rat 6 more pellets so that (including yesterdays 7 leftovers) he's got 13 total. And see from there. About 3 leftovers a day is good, in general. You aren't wasting pellets but your rat isn't hungry enough to eat them, either.
Thank you :)
 
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