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post #21 of 36 Old 07-18-2009, 08:18 AM
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Why? Just because they are small and short lived, they aren't worth breeding carefully to produce happy, healthy, well bred rats who come from exxcellent stock?

Here's a link to a bunch of great rat breeders. A few iffy ones snuck their way in, but most are good
Rat Breeders At LittleCritterSites.Com

Here's a random one, look at their goal and the registries they use, that's what you should be striving for California Rat Breeder CA For Adoption Burmese Russian Blue Dove Southern Pet Quality Rats
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Why? If they are going to be fed to something or pets there is no point in perfecting their bloodlines blah blah blah. Mine are all happy and healthy and I have never payed any attention to that. You can do as you please but I know what is working for me.

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Actually as pets there is a point. They should have excellent temperments, and should be bred from healthy individuals. Would you want a pet getting sick due to a breeder not caring.
Shelters are loaded with rats. Pet rats.

As a feeder, well I wouldnt want to feed an unhealthy animal to a snake, or whatever you're feeding. Who feeds crappy food to thier pet/animal?

If you're just in it for the money, then I can see not caring much about what you're breeding. Or where they go.
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Ok guys keep it on topic. Make a different thread about breeding insted of discusing it on my thread thank you!
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Why? If they are going to be fed to something or pets there is no point in perfecting their bloodlines blah blah blah. Mine are all happy and healthy and I have never payed any attention to that. You can do as you please but I know what is working for me.
If you are breeding, you NEED to make sure your animals are of healthy stock, which would include knowing about genetics, bloodlines, any health issues their relatives had, etc etc. You don't know any of this when your purchase pet store rats. You shouldn't be breeding them.
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My daughter just got 2 rat babies for her birthday. One is an agouti mismarked hooded male with a white star named Jeremy, and the other is an agouti mismarked hooded dumbo male with a white blaze named Gus. We are also getting a dilute cream(white with very light cream swirl) in a week and his name is going to be Mousie. I will try to get some pictures posted soon!
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^awwww how cute.
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Actually as pets there is a point. They should have excellent temperments, and should be bred from healthy individuals. Would you want a pet getting sick due to a breeder not caring.
Shelters are loaded with rats. Pet rats.

As a feeder, well I wouldnt want to feed an unhealthy animal to a snake, or whatever you're feeding. Who feeds crappy food to thier pet/animal?

If you're just in it for the money, then I can see not caring much about what you're breeding. Or where they go.

My rats are healthy. And no I do not advice people breeding unhealthy animals. I do know for a fact there isn't a single rat at my cities pet shelter. I do not do it for money. I am providing a service for those who need it. I know a few people that can't get to the pet store and pay outrageous prices for feeders all the time. It is so much easier for them if they have free easy access to feeders.

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If you are breeding, you NEED to make sure your animals are of healthy stock, which would include knowing about genetics, bloodlines, any health issues their relatives had, etc etc. You don't know any of this when your purchase pet store rats. You shouldn't be breeding them.
Actually you do. When you buy them you sign a series of forms with 30 day guarantees and the name of the breeder as well as a phone number to contact them. You quarantine the animal and contact the previous owner if you need to.

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My rats are healthy. And no I do not advice people breeding unhealthy animals. I do know for a fact there isn't a single rat at my cities pet shelter. I do not do it for money. I am providing a service for those who need it. I know a few people that can't get to the pet store and pay outrageous prices for feeders all the time. It is so much easier for them if they have free easy access to feeders.
Well if you can't afford to feed your animals, you shouldn't have them. Period.

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Actually you do. When you buy them you sign a series of forms with 30 day guarantees and the name of the breeder as well as a phone number to contact them. You quarantine the animal and contact the previous owner if you need to.
Not here you don't. In fact breeder is a very loose term for someone who breeds feeder animals. Or any animals for pet stores. Have you ever worked at one?

The shelters here are packed! Not to mention all the ones on craigslist and kijiji.
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