Well – Iris had her babies in the wee hours of the morning…sometime between midnight and 3 AM. The final count is 12 – looks to be 5 boys and 7 girls, but I want to double check that. I didn’t want to stress Iris out too much so soon!

Edited to add:
The final count definitely looks to be 5 boys and 7 girls. One of the boys and 4 girls are standard coated; the rest are rex. I will be able to tell ear type (standard or dumbo) in about another 2-3 days.

Here are some pictures from this morning…they are all doing well so far!

I have to say, I am really excited to watch these guys’ markings come in. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the potential for marked/spotty/blazed rats in a litter. Of course I may end up with very little in the way of markings…but I’ll find out soon enough! I miss my marked rats a lot – I lost most of my markings when I had to end one of my lines about 2 years ago, and have been working to bring them back ever since. It is a very slow process, but if not in Iris’s litter, I think I will start seeing some markings in a couple of the fall litters.

In case anyone is wondering about my garden endeavors…my first rose has bloomed! Of course it’s the rose my husband picked out and not one of mine – but isn’t it pretty? I wish I could have gotten a picture of it yesterday before it opened all the way.

I found a bud on one of my 2 bushes today…so I am excited! The third is growing slowly but steadily, hopefully it will grow a bud soon too! The bushes are all only about a foot tall – I can’t wait til they are full sized, they will be so beautiful!

On a sad note, I had to put my old guy Hoover to sleep last week. He had some issues with bumblefoot a while back, and at one point it got pretty severe, but he recovered and was doing better. But then he started to have a lot of hind end degeneration. Some rats (like my Jelly Belly) can live happily for quite a while with HED, but unfortunately Hoover was not one of those rats. He just went downhill all at once, and on the 2nd I checked on him, and he was very lethargic and cold to the touch. I knew that it was time and I brought him to the vet. He will be greatly missed – he was my oldest resident rat and it is hard not seeing his fuzzy little face around :( RIP little man…

Baby Hoover