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RE: Rat breeding cycle

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Posted by: Sonya at Tue Jul 21 10:34:51 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Sonya ]  
   

>>1)how long from conception till being able to re-breed the does? I am looking for reasonable time not power breeding.
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I have found over the last thirty years that whatever way you do it you will get about 6 litters from a doe before she is worthless. "Power" breeding isn't gonna shorten or lessen her productivity. If you want to space litters you may find that you get fewer litters due to her going infertile in the middle of your plans. Either way. Rebreeding can occur within 24hrs of birthing. Some wait two weeks, some wean the litter. Depends on you....do you need pinkies, fuzzys, hoppers??? you are gonna pull them as you want them. That kinda answers your number 2. I have rodents and pull what I need as I need it. Til I get to my bigger snakes then I pull worthless breeders or use a grow out tub for anyone past 4 weeks old.


>>2)how do most cull litters to get the assorted sizes for different sized snakes?
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>>3)what is the approximate time line....
>>pinkies - newborn, fuzzies - about a week, etc...


Depends on your definitions...for me. Newborn is first couple days. Then you get pinks, then peach fuzz, then fuzzy, then fuzzy hopper, then hopper then weanling, then small, medium large...You get the idea. I used to weigh prey and have numbers but it varies with rat lines and I am getting too old for nonesense.
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>>4)ratio of males to females (I am looking to keep each female in their own enclosure and move the male(s) from one to the next)

Will depend on how often you want to rebreed. I would leave him in one place 5 or 6 days. I also wouldn't bother with one girl per enclosure as rats really do fine in groups, raising litters that might otherwise be too much for one mom. That and they learn to be good moms so keeping them in small groups helps. I have mine in 1.3 to 1.5 and switch up the males every couple litters to keep their mind on business.
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