I've heard that people get theirs pretty tamed! I got mine as hoppers so I've been working on handling them a lot before they have their first litter. They let me pet them, but I can't get them to sit still on my hand or anything like that.
They have now separated the first litter from the 2nd.
How long before I can separate them from their mothers. They look like hopper age. I am not sure if they are eating on their own yet. They for the most part stay in the box, every once in a while one will venture out of the box and then go back in.
The female that gave birth to the first litter is obviously pregnant again.(she has gotten larger every day since the last litter was born) I was reading that the female will go into heat again a few hours after birth. It has been 21 days since the first litter was born. She should be ready to give birth any day now.
I have moved the babies to another cage (they were nor being nursed and have been eating food on their own) so she can give birth to the next litter.
You have to find out when they are sexual mature. A few days before that is generally when you remove them from their mothers. They should be weaned by then. Yes female rodents can become pregnant again a few hours after giving birth. That is why I separate the male mouse (not sure if that is advisable for ASF's). I plan to give my females a week or so on their own without babies or a male around as a break.
You can't really separate them like you can with mice since they form colonies at a young age and will gladly attack any "intruders". It's believed that this is why females have a much shorter lifespan.
From what I have been reading, pretty much everything that is a rule with breeding mice is not the case with ASF rats. With ASF's they say not to remove the male, (and I did) Not to reintroduce the male to a female with babies (I also did after reading That I should not have removed the male in the first place) I then separated the male again because I read that the male would be killed (the female was actually cleaning the male after being reintroduced for a whole day) I read that you can separate the babies from their mother at 3 to 4 weeks.
So Right now I don't know what to do. Everything I read that would happen has not happened, It will get too crowded in the cage with 3 litters and 3 females, the male ect. So I don't think keeping them all together is an option.
If I make a mistake and I can't reintroduce the male with the 3 females again, they will go in the freezer and I will learn my lesson and start again with a new breeding group with the babies when they get older.