If you have time for two (as you say you free range in the shed so 4 take up no more time) then you have time for four.It's not just so my friend can have 2. Like I said I have literally just set up working for myself. That means I have to sort everything out myself, and it's difficult to find the time for everything, especially when I have dogs and other animals to think of as well. As for 3, well I have learned my lesson about not keeping one on its own, but it will only be 2 in future (wouldn't be allowed more than 2 again anyway).
Why are all 3 skittish though? They're not rescue cases who where badly kept, they've been handled regularly since they were 7 weeks old. Twinks isn't too bad, Wispa is ok, but Astrid literally dives from your grasp, backing away as if she's scared of you.
its very difficult to have too many rats :laugh:, separating them will do nothing, i have had large groups in the past, and all were lovely and tame.Is there too many of them? Are they in like a little group so aren't bothered if there's anyone there or not? Would they improve if seperated?
The small store would have got their rats from a similar place as pets at home, where rats will have had no handling, or human contact. GOOD breeders are always the best bet for rats that are tame and handled from birth, but rememberer any rat can become shy if not handled enough/correctly. Rescue rats can also be lovely and tame.
thats the biggest load of crap ive heard in a long time. i work, i work bloody hard in my job, its exhausting mentally and physically. i travel 15 miles to work and then another 15 miles back again, i do shift work in a elderly care home, yet i still have time to run my own flat, pay the bills and look after 28 rats. i have rats who are cage aggressive and bite when you put your hand near them, i have others who run when i come near the cage but will sniff my hand when i stay still, i have others who hate being held, ones that squeal when i pick them up, others who flock at the cage door to see me and give me kisses, ones who climb up the bars to sit on my shoulders. rats have different personalities, many rats dont like being picked up, you just perseveir. you dont just give up and keep threatening to give them up because they have different personalities.It's not just so my friend can have 2. Like I said I have literally just set up working for myself. That means I have to sort everything out myself, and it's difficult to find the time for everything, especially when I have dogs and other animals to think of as well. As for 3, well I have learned my lesson about not keeping one on its own, but it will only be 2 in future (wouldn't be allowed more than 2 again anyway).
Now why was that again.... Oh yeah because you decided to go out and acquire one rat to "See if they are for me or not"So even though I've held them from 7 weeks old, they still missed out on socialisation? How young should you buy them then?
I obviously was considering my business in April, but didn't know how much time it would require and stuff. Also, I was sort of left with little choice in getting more rats after the kind members here insisted on me doing so. Business or no business I had to get more rats!
Yes I was looking at acacia rats, but that was before I'd properly gotten started with my work and knew what time I'd have. I am no longer considering them nor want them.