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I am seriously considering getting another female rat later this week (I fell in love through petfinder!). If I do, by the time she's done with quarantine, Rokk will be ready to be introduced to the girls. I was wondering if it would be better/easier to intro all four of them at once, or if I should wait on a fourth rat and intro her to the three I already have once they all get along?
 

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i might do all four at once so that you can really mix up their heirarchy and they'll have to reestablish themselves all at once. if you intro one earlier than the other, then the three together might get their heirarchy worked out and then gang up on the last one. i dunno, i'm sure there's an equally good argument for the other way around, but i'd do them all at once.
 

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That was my thought too. But I've only ever intro'ed Coconut and Jellybean, and I just stuck them together and they hit it off. It was obvious that Jellybean was the alpha rat, since she was so much bigger, and Coconut was so little then, they had no problems at all. So I just wanted to get some opinions from more experienced rat introductioners :D
 

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I would personally introduce all four at the same time... it just makes more sense. If you're looking for tips on how to introduce them its really not that hard... just introduce them all on neutral ground (like a couch or mattress) that way they have leg room to explore each other, and also enough to room to run away if being attacked... Watch out for aggressive behaviour between the four... and if you notice them chasing each other around, its normal, they're just trying to smell each other out, anyway, Good luck:)
 
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