A friend of myne owns and breeds many snakes and reptiles. She breeds and feeds her own rats and mice. She recently built this really convenient shelving unit that allows you to keep many rats/mice together. I posted a link on how to make a rack since they are very handy. You can put the food pellets on the wire mesh on the top, and stick a watter bottle through the mesh. The drawers slide out for easy access to rats/mice and for cleaning purposes! She doesn't have the watering system shown on this site but I'm sure it could make good use for someone if need be. www.arbreptiles.com/cages/rat_rack/ratrack.shtml
the watering system is alot more convenient and has alot les maintinencs.
water bottles are my preferance 1) I can monitor how much each group is drinking. 2) It gives me something I can have my boys to do as a chore to fill them so they can learn the whole work for money ethic
If you use the home depot mortor tubs over the lows ones you have to cover the hole in the tub with some flashing as they will start to chew a hole in it.
BTW, mortar tubs are no longer being produced by the company that makes them. All hardware stores that carry them are just slowly selling off old stock. The company sold the mold to another company and that one hasn't done anything with it so far.
Most people who make racks (to sell them) have moved over to kitty litterboxes.
I've just been using cheap resin shelving from Canadian Tire (but the other hardware stores sell it as well) instead of building a rack. You can fit 2 66L, 1 99L or 4 32L Sterilite tubs on each shelf.
I am slowly phasing out my mice and just keeping the ASF's. I'll be using the 66L as breeding tubs (1 male, 3 females and babies) and then moving weanlings to the 99L tubs as growouts.
I checked stock at my local home depot/lowes. They have plenty of stock of the small bins, very limited on the large bins. Lowes near me has about 18 of the large ones in stock. I should probably pick up some spares.
I would like to raise rats for annabelle--not that i have gotten her to eat anything other than a mouse foot hid in a quail egg, apiece of skin off of a rat that she tore while playing tug a war, and gnawing only on the head of a ratcicle.
I already have 12 fish a swimming , 4 quail a cooing, 2 dogs a howling, 2 ferrets dooking, and one husband griping.
If i have to feed and clean up behind another animal i would go crazy------except for another ferret
Right now these rats are eating me out of house and home. I used to put 1 bowl of food out for five rats and it would be there for three days. Now with 50 rats to a bin I put 4 bowls of food out and it is gone in 4 hours.
Once they get to their adult weight they will go into the freeze.
Right now I am selectively thinning out the aggressive ones. With 50 rats to a bin. some rats go insane and start attacking. I try to identify the aggressors so I can put them in the freezer. Otherwise I will end up with quite a few killed by the aggressor.