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Offline cassforcanines

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New cage and baby rat introductions to adults...good practice?
« on: September 29, 2009, 07:21:14 PM »

Sooo above is my baby rattie I'm getting in mid October.  :heart:  I currently have two 6 mo. old PEWs.  They're sisters and they love eachother.  I'm worried about introducing another friend to them.  They cage my girls are in now is absolutely not big enough for 3 and I'm getting a new, very large and spacious one.  After quarantine and bathtub introductions would it be good practice to move them into a sparkling new fresh cage that neither my girls or the baby rat know?  That way there aren't territorial issues?  I haven't had my girls longer than a month so I don't know that they'd be territorial but since I have to get a new cage anyways, I thought this might help.  Unfortunately I just can't commit to 2 babies so I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that they take her in.
Also, what are some cage considerations with baby rats?  My girls now don't ever try to get out or anything and I know this next one isn't going to be so easy... :help:
Thanks!

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Re: New cage and baby rat introductions to adults...good practice?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009, 07:29:23 PM »
I wouldnt put them in the cage for the first meet. You have the right idea, the area must be neutral 100%.
Choose an open area where you can see and quickly respond to nasty fights.
Even if the cage has a big opening its just better to be safe than sorry.

I normally do little 20-30 minutes sessions with a gate up in the hallway.
The rats only go there once in their lives normally and its cleaned constantly.
Id try a place on the floor or the tub. :)

Once youve done a few sessions and the girls show that they accepting one another you can try to move them into the neutral cage.
Id put in smaller pvc tubing in so only the baby can go in and have a retreat from the adults.
If you notice that the baby is starting to hide or being played too roughly with, take her to another cage and when shes bigger try again.

Offline coliekumar

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Re: New cage and baby rat introductions to adults...good practice?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2009, 09:16:27 PM »
I have never had a problem introing babies and adults.  I would, however, follow all of the proper Quarantine and then introduction procedures commonly used by the members of this forum before housing them together.
Two girls have arrived :) Names coming soon.