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Post by Dangerousbeans on Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:08 am

Hi,

We have a 9 week old rat baby girl and I'm having real trouble finding a friend for her.
Anyone know of any girls looking for homes? Must be reasonably young, social and used to being handled.
My 14yr old is the main carer but I supervise and have kept rats before. ( a loooooong time ago)
Or if anyone has knows a breeder with a litter?

In the south east but can travel reasonable distance.

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Post by katherine on Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:21 am

zoundz is the only breeder I'd recommend over in Ireland, she's based in Cork and has recently had a litter, so I'd definitely pm her, but I definitely wouldn't count on getting some from the latest litter, that's the only thing. If you're really desperate you should obviously post up an add here asking for rescues but they aren't as plentiful as the cat or dog kind, obviously. As a last resort I'd maybe try donedeal though you obviously can't guarantee health or temperament of the animals you're getting. I would definitely try and stay away from petshops though. Good luck!

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Post by Dangerousbeans on Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:30 am

I already emailed Zoundz, thats how I found my way here.
Didn't realize how few people keep rats here. We love them, just sorry I waited so long between rats!

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Post by Zoundz on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:13 am

Yes unfortunately, as I said in e-mail, we won't have anything for a couple of months at least Sad

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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:34 am

A possible idea:
There were 4 females in the pets at home adoption centre in Bangor a few weeks ago when I was in (I'm rarely there, so you'd need to call and see if they got homes yet). They were returned for some reason and will only be rehomed as a 4 or in pairs but, so you'd have to be willing to take 2 at least.

Or this: http://www.donedeal.co.uk/for-sale/exoticpets/3277873 (I wanna email but there's no e-mail, phone only)
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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:39 am

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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:43 am

http://www.gumtree.com/p/pets/young-pet-rats-for-sale/99144892


PS. I'd prob not offer money for any of the ones I've posted as they are most likely back-yard breeders, but if the person is genuinely looking to rehome the rat they may ask for a small amount to make sure they aren't going as snake food.
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Post by SaraBloo on Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:24 am

redrach wrote:A possible idea:
There were 4 females in the pets at home adoption centre in Bangor a few weeks ago when I was in (I'm rarely there, so you'd need to call and see if they got homes yet). They were returned for some reason and will only be rehomed as a 4 or in pairs but, so you'd have to be willing to take 2 at least.


You mean the Pets At Home in Bloomfield?
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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:34 am

Yeah.
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Post by SaraBloo on Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:41 am

Hrm, I got mine from there. The day I went they said they'd sold a pair earlier that day and thought they had none left, then checked out the back and my two little girls were in a cage.

Where they little/young rats?

The fact one of mine is sick could be a reason as to why they were returned. Lol.
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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:20 am

They weren't in the normal pet bit, they were in the separate adoption bit. You don't pay for them in the adoption bit. They'd been returned because the person was bored or something, not health related.
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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:21 am

& they were dumbos & hoodeds or hooded roans. So not your girls.
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Post by SaraBloo on Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:24 am

Ah. They must of been gone before I got there then.
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Post by smokierat on Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:26 am

Good luck finding a friend for your little one Smile

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Post by Zoundz on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:16 am

I want to know how these backyard breeders got their hands on Russian Silvers! Sad that dumbo in the first link... and €45?! WHUT?! Unfortunately the other two look like classic crappy back yard breeders... and the rats look woefully thin and little and sickly.

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Re: Looking for a young girl

Post by Dangerousbeans on Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:07 pm

Thanks guys, Antrim is a bit far to travel, I'm almost in Waterford here.
Long trips need some organizing, between the daughter and cats and dogs (and now rat!).

Zoundz, I will be returning your form, I'd love one of your beauties, and it would be good to know they are well bred by someone who cares.

I may call the one with the 4 month old dumbo, up until Luna any rat I got was from friends, no idea of prices. €45 sounds an awful lot for a rat?

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Post by Dangerousbeans on Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:14 pm

Also anything to look out for?
I know to check eyes and ears, and teeth, condition like body weight and feet etc, and that they are tame enough to be handled, just not sure is there anything else.

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Post by redrach on Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:43 pm

I'd say 45 is a LOT considering she's obviously not from a reputable breeder. But perhaps if she's on her own and they genuinely want a good home you can talk them down. Often people attach a price to ensure they aren't going as snake food.
I'd check to see if she's happy to come out of the cage on her own, if her ears and eyes are clean and clear, if her fur looks clean, if she's too skinny ie. you can feel her spine and ribs well, if her breathing is noisy.
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Post by Dangerousbeans on Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:57 pm

Ok, so called the number on the blue dumbo and its a pet shop.
The guy said they still have them! so must be more than one, in Dún Laoghaire.
Not to sure, he just said come have a look at him??
Think i'll give it a miss.

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Post by Zoundz on Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:20 pm

Ugh. Avoid. We charge €50 a pair and I know we're considered expensive by some Wink but to be honest, if people aren't happy to pay that for a pair, then they're not getting any from me because they're also probably not happy to pay vet bills! Wink it's a token amount anyway and doesn't even begin to cover our costs!

I just wish I had something available now, I don't even have any older retired does I can home out... Sad

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Post by Dangerousbeans on Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:32 pm

Thank you zoundz, I really appreciate your help, I understand your rats are in demand, they are gorgeous Love
I will keep looking, in the mean time Luna is getting spoiled rotten and gets loads of visitors, one of my friends thought she was a gorgeous little hamster and was petting her and cooing over her, then she saw her tail (she'd been half in my daughters hoody) and was shocked at how cute a rat could be. (I'm working on converting them all to the charm of rats!)

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Post by siofradh on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:32 pm

Zoundz - I paid 50 for my russian silvers from a petshop. Shocked
I check gumtree and donedeal everyday, I'll keep an eye out for you Dangerousbeans! Grin
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Post by Bekkles on Tue May 01, 2012 4:34 am

Oh, whoops lol didnt realise someone already posted this.

Heres a 4 month old girl in dublin. Dont know if thats too far for you. Shes a blue dumbo, quite a beaut! There lookin 45 euro for her.

http://www.donedeal.co.uk/for-sale/exoticpets/3277873

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Post by Zoundz on Tue May 01, 2012 10:51 am

That's a petshop one I think?

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Post by Dangerousbeans on Tue May 01, 2012 6:04 pm

Yes thats the one I called about, its a pet shop and didn't get a good feeling about that one.

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