Contact: Mikelia Bradford
Location: Kingston, Ontario
I place my rats privately as pets
Describe the types of rats that you breed or intend to breed.
RED, predominantly beige in english variegated and satin. Also PED in dumbo and rex. Possibly blue in dumbo and rex aswell. I am eventually striving for dalmations.
Do you keep records? That is, do you have knowledge of the health, temperament, and colour of past rats in your breeding lines?
Yes, I have at least a 3 generation pedigree on all of my breeding rats.
What type of bedding do you use?
Still testing, rabbit pellets at the moment.
What type of diet do you feed your rats?
Nutro Natural Choice dog food and lab bloks with fresh foods. I am eventually going to feed Suebees mix.
Do you also rescue rats?
Describe the steps you take to quarantine new rats.
My new rats are quarantined in a separate room of the house. I normally keep them away from my other rats for a month to 6 weeks, then they are introduced to my other ratties, and about two weeks later they are caged with the other ratties.
How many rats do you currently own?
7 females, 6 males.
Describe your cages.
Hagen rabbit and chinchilla cages.
How many litters do you have or expect to have per year?
Do you wait until you have waiting lists to breed your rats?
Do you insist that people adopting rats from you must sign an adoption contract?
Describe your goals with respect to breeding rats.
My goals are that of anyone with good intentions of breeding any animal; to produce healthy, happy animals and to further inhance the animal that you are breeding. Basically to leave them better than I found them.
Is it your intention to make a net profit from breeding rats?
How long have you cared for rats?
I owned rats when I was very young, but since I really got into ratties, about two years.
How long have you been breeding rats?
about a year
Do you ship your rats? If so, how?
I will ship but only under very certain circumstances.
At what age to you adopt out babies to people?
Describe your breeding techniques (inbreeding, linebreeding, outcrossing, etc.).
Line breeding and outcrossing.
Are you a member of a rat club such as the RMCA RMFE or rat fan club?
Do you keep in touch with people who have adopted your rats in order to keep track of trends in health and temperament?
I try my best to keep in touch. I contact them by phone.
At what age do you breed female rats for the first time?
How many times will you breed a female over her lifetime?
Once, mybe twice.
Describe how you socialize babies.
I bring them out, and when they are old enough I have different people handle them. According to the weather they go outside to play, and I offer a variety of toys and accessories to encourage their curiosity and intelligence.
Describe where you got the rats that you are breeding.
All the rats I have for breeding are either from breeders or ones that I have bred myself.
Are there any additional comments that you would like people to know when considering adopting from your rattery?
I DO NOT sell feeders and I encourage people to come into my home and see my rats and their environments.