Yes exactly. No break just churning out babies, without even time to care for the ones she's already got like us back before the turn of the last century! At least we generally only gave birth to one or two at a time. Imagine giving birth to 6 or 8 at a time! Xx
So I am back from vacation. Ps - Arizona is too hot for anyone to live in. It was a blast keeping the ferrets cool. So anyway, while I was gone a lot of changes happened. The quail have almost all feathered out, I can tell some of them are male and female now! Merryweather, our sweet mom, is doing very well with her pups. They are just over a week old. Actually I think they are doing better than the first litter, they all look bigger already. Her first litter gained their points, they are Himalayan with points on their little noses. While I was in AZ, I found a great cage for sale with twp breeder dumbo girls, one is a dumbo double rex or hairless, we will see if she molts all her fur or not, the other is hooded/mismarked platinum (I think, colors are hard for me) and she is a sweetie. We are now up to 7 breeding females (Merryweather will be retiring after this litter though.) Today we paired Fauna (one of our hooded beige girls) with Flint our albino. Our mice are huge! Definitely pregnant! Removing the father tomorrow. I will be pulling three girls from this litter and buying another male to make a second colony. Still no babies from the ASF's and I don't know why. The mice and rats have no problem breeding but these little buggers aren't getting busy.
My two standard and english white.
Two of my goldens and my white winged tipped standard.
White tipped standard
My current set up. The new cage is on the left. The double unit is now empty on the far right and the blue tub is also empty right now.
Meet Kida - she is one of Merryweather's, five weeks old born July 14th, future breeder.
Cinder - 2 months old
Ella - 2 months old
Aurora - Dumbo black berkshire (my petsmart impulse buy)
Post by FerretsnFalcons on Aug 19, 2015 20:26:43 GMT -5
Wow, those are some spoiled feeder animals! You sure you won't get too attached? Aurora is beautiful, I have a soft spot for dumbos. My last two ratties were dumbos, one seal point Siamese and one blue point. I printed out the AFRMA (American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association) official standards and had a little "rat show" with them to see who had better conformation. The seal point won, lol, but my blue point had a better personality.
Haha, my breeders are living the good life. They produce the food for me and in turn they get to live in luxury. Since I am up to 7 female ratties I needed a bigger space anyway and since it was such a good deal, everything was included in the price. I will not cull my breeders, they will either live out their lives with me or they will be adopted out. Their babies, however, I have to cull. I do not have that much room. LOL! We are in the grow out stage for my first litter which is crazy! In a few weeks they will be culled and the next litter will be ready to grow out.
Jason, I hope so. I was really really hoping they would have babies by now but that's okay. I'll have rat soon enough and mice enough though so thats good. I'm out of rodentpro now though so I'll have to buy some locally right now.
Yep, ASF's are only good producers for about 8 months or so and then need to be retired. But during that 8 months (once they get started) stand back!! Say an average litter per female is 11 in a 1:3 colony every 3 to 3.5 weeks that is approximately 188 babies (assuming 5 months of good production)* from ONE colony.
*5 months because retirement age is around 8 months and they usually don't start breeding until 3 months old.
Last Edit: Aug 20, 2015 8:39:48 GMT -5 by bitbyter
:boing: Sadly I feel like I will never have ASF's finding a breeder here is like pulling teeth. i found a guy listed on exotic monkey and he is not far from me so I sent an email to him and nothing. I waited a few weeks and sent another and still nothing.