Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Mystery solved! And baby feeding
Mystery has been solved as to the Mystery Male from Clutch #6.
Apparently, the Lemon Blast was the proud poppa, but so far all I see are Pinstripes. I didn't hit on any Pastels from what I could see either. We shall see the final count of what is coming out this clutch in the next few days.
And there was a question posed as to how I feed all the babies that hatch out over the year.
With patience, hunny.
I have a system (index cards) to keep track of who ate what when, and with everyone in a tub on their own after they shed, its actually pretty easy.
Yes, I have many babies after the hatching is done, but it is no big deal!
Just having plenty of rat fuzzies is the biggest pain in the butt...
But when there is a baby that doesn't eat well, however, there are three things that I do.
1) Make sure they have plenty of water. Babies can and will dehydrate VERY easily.
(This I do for any baby even if they eat fine, but this is a good point of information)
2) Crumple up paper in the tub to give them more security. This is key if they are feeling stressed out. Give them a few days of crumpled bliss before trying food again.
3) Keep offering food every 2-3 days if they are not eating, 4-5 if they are.
That's what I do!
I hope that helps those of you with babies that have some issues.
So there are clutches we are waiting on, including the Special female, and the Pewter... This is taking a long time, but apparently these females want to go LATE with the late crowd. I'm thinking another few weeks for the rest of the clutches, and then we can stop waiting. We shall see...
Have a fantastic day, my friends.