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Hi guys,

We're currently trying to introduce two young boys to our old man.
Jake is 1yr 9 months
Merry and Pipin are 17 weeks.

During introductions, it seems that Jake is just trying to make friends with the hobbits but the young boys are terrified of Jake.
They squeak and bear teeth and put their hands on Jake's face.
Jake has caused a couple of scratches on the boys but nothing too terrible.
It's hard to introduce them because the young boys just run away and freak out and it's stressing them and us out.

We've put the cages near each other and have swapped them into each cage.
We've put them in the bath together and they seem okay until Jake comes too close.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHXsuDPISFs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeMHS7-la-U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xWIVMkgLC0

Here's some videos for reference.

PS, watch with sound.
 

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Hi there! I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with introductions!

Just a few questions!:

I noticed that it looked like (from what I saw) you were trying to introduce one younger rat to your residential rat?
You may have a better advantage of the squeaker to not freak out as much, if you had both of the pups (I'm assuming they're from the same litter?) in the tub with the older gent.

Squeaking is honestly fine.
My general rule of thumb with Introductions as, is long as there isn't any blood then there's no foul.

Your new rattie is just being a complainer. His squeaking means: DON'T HURT ME! or NO YOU WILL NOT DOMINATE ME!
But he's kind of overreacting/he's refusing to be the sub.

Honestly, having both pups in might reassure the younger one.
He will be more relaxed and he will feel safer.

Keep trying the neutral bath introductions. Your big boy is just curious and it looks like that he's getting frustrated that he isn't able to establish the hierarchy.
His fur isn't puffed, his body language is saying, "Dude. Shut up. Stop overreacting. I want to be your bud, but I need to sniff your butt first!"

But, yeah. Definitely have the other pup in there.

It's just a waiting process.
You're going to need to go through the long haul.. Several hours of neutral time in order for them to sort out their hierarchy and it may be easier for them to ALL be in said bath tub.

Things to expect:
Squeaking.
The residential rat eventually flipping over the newcomers onto it's back.
Power grooming.
Butt sniffing.
Chasing.

As long as there's no blood, no foul.

Let them sort it out!
Supervise closely!

Hope this helped.
 

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big rat: Hi I am the boss here, I demand to sniff your butt to get to check if you are a threat to me!
little rat: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ITS HUGE I'M GONNA DIE!
little rat: GET BACK AHHHHHHHH STAY AWAY!
big rat: HOW DARE YOU IGNORE MY WILL, I AM THE BOSS!
little rat: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
big rat: Come here you little upstart I'm going to sniff your butt if I have to hold you down until you let me!
big rat: *puff up* *side kick* *side kick* *side kick* are you going to submit yet? or else!
little rat: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'M SCARED AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO


Hope that helps clear it up ;D
 
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