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haywire crew
the rattery

the rattery 


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Actively breeding trios:  single Critter Nation segment .

Pair of visibly pregnant females: stage 1 bin (24"x 24"x 10").

Pair of Females with litters: stage 2 bin ("40"x 24"x 18").

Weanlings: Hagen brand Vision cages.

Females not currently breeding: double Critter Nation.

Males between breeding: L02 sized Vision cage.

All enclosures have a water bottle, two seperate hide-outs, food, nesting material and two toys as a minumum at all times.


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Everyone is fed a staple diet of laboratory rat blocks.

Once a week a scoop of high quality dog kibble is added to most of the enclosures.

Seed mix is sprinkled all over the enclosures 1-2 x a week to encourage foraging behaviour.

Fresh foods are offered 3- 5 x a week and include apple, carrot, broccoli, leafy greens, plain chicken, yogurt, scrambled egg, cereals, pizza crusts, chicken bones and more!


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Litter trays 2- 4 days depending Bedding replaced weekly. 

Cage bars weekly.

Deep clean 4- 6 weeks.

Cleaning is done using a combination of the following depending on the circumstances. Hot water, Nature's Miracle, dishsoap and vinegar. After being cleaned,  disinfecting is done with bleach.

deep cleaning means that the enclosure is completely disassembled, cleaned and disinfected. 


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Inside cage: 

foraging toys, dig boxes, hammocks, boxes, hide-outs, rawhide chews, and puzzles.


Outside cage:

free roam time, "bobbing" for frozen vegetables, clicker training, cuddles, 

obstacle courses / "escape room"

Ultimately it really depends on the rats as individuals who are involved, some come out more often than others but it's up to them. 


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frequently asked questions

what kind of rats do you have?

All my rats are "fancy rats," or Rattus Norvegicus Domestica. However, I do work with a  variety of coat types, patterns, and colors. Photos and descriptions of my breeding rats are seen above, in the section labelled "haywire crew."

what kind of gerbils do you have?

Standard Mongolian gerbils, the type commonly seen in pet stores. 

what kind of Mice do you have?

Standard fancy mice.The main difference is that i breed selectively to encourage the production of healthy individuals with an inherently good nature 

how much do they cost?

Exact price is dependant on the genetic background, age and other similar factors.  But typically between $50 and $80 for a pair of rats. $40 for a pair of gerbils, and $20 for a pair of mice.

why do I have to get at least two?

Rats, mice and gerbils alike are social creatures. Humans just aren't able to play, groom and cuddle like a partner of the same species can.  In the event that you currently have a solo pet, I may be willing to make an exception. However I do require that you bring your current friend along for compatibility testing.

can i visit the rattery?

Not currently unfortunately, however I am working on getting photos of the setup and more in the gallery.

are your rats/mice/gerbils friendly?

Personality differs between individuals, obviously. However I breed selectively with the intention of producing babies that are especially healthy, happy, and overall well adjusted. 

is there any way i can see the rats in person?

Absolutely, I am 

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