03
Dec

I got some new pictures of the litters today.

Here is Ariel’s litter. It looks like there are 2 russian blues, 3 blacks, and 7 siamese, which will be either black or russian blue point, it’s too soon to tell.
There are 4 boys – 2 standard coat dumbo boys, 1 standard eared rex, 1 standard ear/fur. The standard coat dumbo is black; the other 3 are siamese.
There are 8 girls – 2 standard ear/fur, 4 dumbo rex, 1 standard coat dumbo, 1 standard ear rex.

Here is Maybelle’s litter. My initial gender count was slightly off – there are 6 boys and 5 girls.
The boys are 3 standard ear/fur, 1 dumbo rex, 2 standard eared rex.
The girls are 2 standard coat dumbos, 1 standard ear/fur, 1 dumbo rex, 1 standard eared rex.

In Maybelle’s litter, so far it’s looking like all the dark babies are black, and the light ones will be either pink-eyed white, ivory, or himilayan with either black or red eyes.

I was after himilayans and/or ivories in these 2 litters, and each litter had a 50% chance to produce them. Unfortunately I didn’t get any in Ariel’s litter, so now I know that Hitch carries the siamese/himilayan gene. But I did get all “white” babies in Maybelle’s litter which means that she carries the albino gene. The only downside is that I won’t be able to tell the white rats from the himilayans until they are about 7-8 weeks old, because himilayans are pure white up until that point. So I will probably keep a few of the “white” babies from her litter in hopes of ending up with one or two who do not develop points.

This is an exciting generation for me – I took a chance when breeding Hitch and Maybelle’s parents, hoping that at least one of them would end up with the albino gene vs. the siamese/himilayan gene. It would help me achieve my goal of ivory rats if it worked out – and luckily Maybelle did!

I forgot to share in my last post…the AFRMA (American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association) had a calendar contest, and several of my pictures made it into the calendar – along with Maybelle who was on the cover!

Here is a link if anyone wants to order calendars or just check out the pictures!
http://www.afrma.org/sales/salescat2.htm

There are 3 different calendars; in the Kitten Calendar, Maybelle is the cover and inside are pictures of Ariel, Sweet Talk, Maybelle (again), Lovett, Frex, and Don Juan.
In the Rat calendar is Ruxpin, and in the Nature Rat calendar there are pictures of Maybelle, Junior Mint, Hershey, and Ophelia.

I also wanted to post that I had a pair of girls returned to me this week because their owner was no longer able to care for them. They are 5 month old girls from Iris and Wispa’s litters.

More info about the girls can be found on my Available Adults page.