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RE: why rats kill?

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Posted by: Sonya at Sun Dec 5 17:34:50 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Sonya ]  
   

>>i had a two adult females together and found one dead this morning im assuming the other killed it or it died and the other started to eat the other but the part that was missing was by her mouth and face i dont know but ive had strange things going on lately. a few weeks ago had a mom rat stop feeding her babies after they all had hair and some size to them moved all the babies out after i noticed some died and the others were being starved and than the foster mom killed them all? i have been feeding them mazuri 6f 5m30 food. i dont understand? they were also breeders for a while.

Barring illness and if you think it is dietary. I aim for higher %s than Mazuri has. Usually I feed dog food and have for 30yrs. I did try Mazuri for a few months and had cannabalism. Mentioned it to a dealer of the feed and he said I might, shoulda supplement cat kibble when this happens. WTH? So I went back to what works.

All that said, I might suspect illness. If an adult died it could have gone downhill from there. If they are separate incidences....don't know. Unless the two girls were fighting I would doubt that one killed the other. Often they do eat corpses. Cleaning up the mess as it were.

Third possibility is visitors. I have had rats end up losing tails and feet and or dead pups and finally caught a wild relative that visited and chewed them apart through the cage.
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