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Glad to be part of the rat forum! I belong to other forums for my menagerie and have always found them to be extremely supportive and helpful. As part of my birthday present, my wonderful husband has agreed to let me adopt pet rats! Understand, this was no easy agreement. I already have a number of exotics, plus 3 teenage children, so he was very reluctant to agree. This will be my last exotic adoption. I want to enjoy what I currently nurture now as they are all very special. I do try not to have too many of one pet so I can experience a variety of animals. The ratties will be my last venture. I have two dogs, four piggies, a cockatiel, a bunny, a bearded dragon, and a crested gecko. Except for the dogs, all are in cages and are let out and interacted with on a daily basis.

I am planning to go to a breeder about an hour away called Twisted Whiskers Rattery. Heather is the owner and she has a FB page if anyone wants to check it out. I have had too many bad experiences adopting from chain pet stores, so now whenever I bring in a new pet it is usually from a breeder or a private owner who had to relinquish theirs. I am very excited about meeting heather and her babies! I hope to come home with two 5 week old does I spotted on her FB page. A dumbo rex with a black hood on white, and a dumbo Berkshire Fawn. Too adorable for words!

I will post again soon with questions. Hope you all can help me get them and us off to a good start!
 

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Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy the world of rats

I would see if you could pick the girls up at 6 or 7 weeks old. 5 weeks is a bit young to go to a new home. Breeders do normally split the sexes at this age, and in some cases take the babies off mum as well, however the babies really benefit from staying with a larger group of siblings for another week or two. Not only do they get extra human socialisation and build up there ratty social skills they also grow a little more confident and are a little bit more robust physically. This means that when the most traumatic event in their life happens that they are better able to deal with it both emotionally and physically. It’s a big shock to them to go from living with a large group of there siblings and mum, to loosing all there brothers and sisters, there mum, there familier human and there home in a matter of days. If they get a week or two in a smaller group having been split off from mum earlier this often makes it a lot easier.

Over here (in the UK) our national rat fancy club recommends not rehoming before 6 weeks and its actually pretty common to rehome at 7 weeks or older.
 
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