Add to delicious
Add to technorati
Add to technorati
Digg it
furl
Yahoo
Latest Viral Video:

Follow us on twitter

Site Tag Cloud

21st advice album amazing animal animals area arrived aubree awareness baby bad bald bam bath battery beautiful belated ben big bill bird birthday black bonfire bound box breed breeds british broken broody bull bun buy buying cage caged cam camera captions car care cat cc chicken chickens chook chooks christmas chucks clicker colour competition coop coops cornsnake couple cruelty cutting dad day dead death decide derby diane diet dog dogs donna dresses drinking early easter eat eating egg eggbound eggs elvis emergency falcon falcons farm feather feathers feed feeding finally find fireworks first foggy for forum foundation free frog fun funny future garden girl girls goldie good goodbye goodness gotcha great growing hagley hall hamster happy heavy helen hen hencam hens hike home horse house housing huge ideas improvements indoor info inscription introduce introducing introduction james julie july jumper jumpers kasper kaspers kate late lathargic laying lead lee leeds leg lemon life likes london long lost lots love lovely lyle lynn machine mareks meet members merry message mice milly mite morning mouse moving mums mystery nail nanny new news nice night nook norths ollie online page pancake parrot party pecking peregrine personal pet pets photos pic pics pictures plants plus poland poorly positive post poultry pretty production prom pumpkin purple quail questions rabbit rain rare rat recall red reds reinforcement remember renee rescue respect review rip ronston roof sad sale scarlet service shelled shirley shobhna show sids slightly snake sneezing snow soft spammers special spring staffordshire start stop terrier thomas thread ticket tilly time today tom training tree trev trevs uk update urgent valentines vegan vet visitors visits volka walk wanted warning webcam weekend welfare where white wild wilsden winnie winter women woods work wrong ya yay year yorkshire zoey zoeys 1 2 4 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016

The hencam forum is proud to be powered by Exa Networks.

hits

We hope you enjoy your visit and join our happy hencam community!

If you haven't already got an account, it's easy to join (and completely free), just click the sign-in button at the top-right of the screen and click Apply for Membership.

If you want to help hencam, then please use our Amazon affiliate links the next time you purchase anything from Amazon - for
UK amazon purchases use this link or for
US amazon purchases use this link! It won't cost you anything at all and amazon will send us few pence which will go to the girls, new cameras, treats and more!



If you can think of anything that should be in this space, then let me know!

Welcome Guest!
Want to take part in these discussions? If you have an account, sign in now.
If you don't have an account, apply for one now. We'd love you to join and pin your location on our map!

If you are interested in knitting jumpers for hens, click here!
Want to help...? It doesn't need to cost you anything!

    • CommentAuthormadeinwood
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 10:51am (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    Has anybody out there had any success with eradicating rats?
    I've never had a problem before, but since I moved to a village where rats were already a problem, I've found that I can't get rid of them!

    I've got 12 hens in a shed in a field at the end of my garden. The shed is on paving slabs and the rats have tunnelled in underneath. I lost most of my quail before I found out they also had a nest underneath the quail cage, so the quail are now in the greenhouse.

    They dug a hole thru the bottom of my bantam cage and decapitated my one bantam hen, so now my poor wee bantam cock is in a rabbit hutch in the henshed at night -safe, but scared of my much bigger hens.

    I've tried the oldfashioned snap traps - the rats eat the food off them. I've got two different types of humane cage - some success there, but not often. My 'Little Nipper' traps are badly made and impossible to set up. I've tried Eradibait - the poison that only kills rodents - they don't eat it. I've tried the nastier poisons, in desperation, but they're not eating that either, and I've got to be really, really careful where I put it as I've got dogs and cats too.

    I've read that I should make sure that there is no other food available.....virtually impossible with free range hens.

    I've spent a fortune on traps and poison, and still the rats are on the increase.

    Any ideas?
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 3:17pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no that's nasty madeinwood...i didn't realise that rats were so vicious :confused: We had a mouse that was getting into the rabbit hutch & chicken coop once, but obviously there was no harm in that :-\ We just blocked up the hole he was squeezing in through and that was it, that's the only experience i have.

    I can't think of anything...you've tried an awful lot of things there! Maybe get in touch with a pest control or something and see what they can suggest...?! Other than that i don't know, sorry, i hope somebody else has some better advice.

    Welcome to hencam, by the way.
    •  
      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 5:21pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    <a href="http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc17/wazza2770/?action=view&current=brat.gif" target="_blank"><img src="http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc17/wazza2770/brat.gif" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    rats, well some are nice and some are nasty. You obviously have the nasty ones
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 6:29pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    LW_welcome-madeinwood.jpg
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 6:31pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    Could you not lay chicken (or stronger) wire under the run, then cover it with earth? They might not dig up through that.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 7:02pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    It sounds as though they have a nest under there, and as they breed extremely fast they'll replace quicker than you can eradicate. My ex-boss saw a rat in his coop so took the chickens out and put his dog in - its a Parsons Terrier (like a Jack Russell but longer legs!) Rat was gone in minutes. That won't work if they've nested though - I think you need a professional. It could be that you have to move the coop and dig them out, but I'm only guessing.

    They sound very bold and vicious - be careful what you do as a bite can be very bad.

    Welcome to the forum!! Let us know if you find a solution - might be useful info for others in the future.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 9:02pm (Mar 12th 2008) edited
     
    Stearing this thread off topic now....
    I tried to get this onto the 'Earthquake' thread but kept hitting the wrong buttons and losing it...
    So here it is, vaguely connected with rats.

    I woke (earthquake remember) with the bed shaking and a most horrendous clattering noise.
    I had been troubled by a small rodent in my attic for some time and could only imagine a massive number of rats running around on my ceiling.
    But why was my bed shaking???
    I was shaking too.
    Then it all stopped....

    It was next morning when I heard about the earthquake.
    The noise was the roof tiles all dancing!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 11:35pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    Rats and mice have skeletons which compress. So, rats can fit through any gap the width of a broom handle, and for mice its the width of a pencil. If you can screen off the entire hen complex, as CC suggested, with a wire mesh that had small enough gaps...that MIGHT help.
    •  
      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 8:08am (Mar 13th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Sneaky blighters eh
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2008 3:57pm (Mar 16th 2008)
     
    To skew this thread very slightly, I'm inheriting a pet rat. Danny and Rachael aren't allowed to take it with them to their flat, so she'll have to stay with me. How the devil do I look after it?! Every time I go near her she tries to bite my nails, and she hates being picked up. Also I don't really want to leave her on her own in Danny's old bedroom but I don't know if the cats will plague her so that she dies of fright. Anyone ever had one as a pet?

    Hubby suggested "setting her free". Perhaps I should take her round to madeinwood's village. (Only joking! Think you've enough already and the wild rats would kill her anyway).
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2008 5:21pm (Mar 16th 2008) edited
     
    Look it up on the web. There's bound to be Ilovemyrat.com or something similar! Anyway, don't you mean' Siberian Hamster'? You could call it Basil...
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2008 7:47pm (Mar 16th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Kate, we've had six pet rats over the years - the last two were horrible, and bit you at every oppertunity, but the four before them were very friendly and loved to sleep curled round your neck :smile: Rats are very intelligent creatures, so make sure she has lots of things to climb and chew in her cage - is there only one rat, does she get lonely? Post any questions you've got and we'll try and answer 'em!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2008 11:12pm (Mar 17th 2008)
     
    She is on her own but I'm told its too late to get her a friend as they'd fight. Biggest problem is the cats - they're fascinated! They can't get through the cage to her but I think she's scared of them. As she used to be in Danny's room and they spent their evenings in there she had the TV or them to listen to, but now that's gone. Hubby says I'm not allowed to move her to the living room (will have to work on that!)
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2008 6:03am (Mar 18th 2008)
     
    Can you get one of those plastic balls with air holes to walk around in? Like they make for hamsters?
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2008 8:09am (Mar 18th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rat website!

    That's quite a useful website , and it's got a little section on how to make free toys plus what toys that are generally good at entertaining rats and help fight boredom etc.
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2008 6:34pm (Mar 18th 2008)
     
    Told you there'd be a website somewhere!
    Joey probably thinks you've got him a telly...!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2008 10:38pm (Mar 18th 2008)
     
    Got one of the balls - she just sits in it and pee's.

    Joey has pretty much ignored her the past 2 days to my surprise - perhaps he's sicker than I thought. A cat ignoring a rat just isn't right! Then again, its been in its box since they left - I think she feels abandoned. She stuck her nose out for a couple of chocolate drops but that's all. At least I know she's alive!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2008 10:52pm (Mar 18th 2008)
     
    Thanks for the website Red, will have a look at that and see if I can cure her depression! (I know how she feels - I'm missing them terribly too!)
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2008 6:46pm (Mar 22nd 2008)
     
    Right - cleaned her out for the first time yesterday. Couldn't catch her to get her out of the cage, so took the cage bit off, let her jump out and in to a box, then put the cage over it again! Need to get her some stuff so's she can come out and run around. She's never been able to do that but now I have a spare room it should be possible. Going to put her in the pooter room. Hubby said she could come downstairs but this way I can shut the door and keep the cats out in the day when we're working.
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2008 8:35pm (Mar 22nd 2008)
     
    Good thinking. I hope she settles down. I hate to say it - and no, I'm not on commission - but Rescue Remedy in her water might help her too!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2008 9:03pm (Mar 22nd 2008) edited
     
    Thought it was only dilute whisky anyway.
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2008 9:09pm (Mar 22nd 2008)
     
    No, it's brandy with flower essences in. Works!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2008 10:37pm (Mar 22nd 2008)
     
    Sounds yummy.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2008 2:54pm (Mar 23rd 2008)
     
    I just caught Joey trying to work out how to get a paw through the bars!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2008 3:11pm (Mar 23rd 2008)
     
    Go for it, Joey!!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2008 8:36pm (Mar 23rd 2008)
     
    It's keeping him occupied; Joey's telly!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2008 10:25pm (Mar 23rd 2008)
     
    I suppose it is, though I'm worried he'll give poor Patrick a heart attack! I was feeding her grapes and chicken today. Don't know if she ate it or just stored it away. Suppose I'll find out in a few days if it starts to smell!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 3:36am (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    She's a carnivore?
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 11:28am (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    She's a rat - I think they'll eat anything!!!!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 2:25pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    Rats are as omnivorous as (most!) humans. They've even eaten some of my cooking!:shocked::shocked::shocked:
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 5:21pm (Mar 24th 2008) edited
     
    My God woman - that's animal cruelty surely? :shocked: They might only be rats but they're still God's creatures!!!! ;)
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 6:02pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    These might have been Satan's....THEY LIVED!!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 8:02pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    CC, you and I have about the same cooking skills. I'm the "worst cook in the West".
    •  
      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 8:08pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    When I was younger , I blew up the microwave when I was trying to melt my easter egg. It started going smoky and I was panicking. oohh the shame !
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 9:59pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    That's probably the real reason your parents don't buy you easter eggs!
    •  
      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 10:01pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    heehee maybe ...
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2008 10:02pm (Mar 24th 2008)
     
    I gave Patrick some apple tonight, and she took some chocolate drops out of my hand. I'm hoping I can get her used to me so's I can let her out for a run around the empty bedroom and be able to catch her again afterwards!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 6:04am (Mar 25th 2008)
     
    So...rats eat melted CDs then? :shocked:

    Kate, chocolate doesn't hurt a rat they way it does a dog then huh? Are you going to get a little halter and leash so you can take Patrick out for walks?
    •  
      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 9:00am (Mar 25th 2008)
     
    I have a cat leash/lead thing hehe but it dosent fit round her belly because she is fat !!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 10:11am (Mar 25th 2008)
     
    Its rat chocolate, not human. I think they can eat human but it makes them fat!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 8:17pm (Mar 25th 2008)
     
    I'm not coming near your rat !!!
    I'm a human.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 10:22pm (Mar 25th 2008)
     
    LOL!!! I'm sure they would eat human if they had to but it'd probably give them stomach ache!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 11:19pm (Mar 25th 2008) edited
     
    Photobucket

    Patrick!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2008 11:56pm (Mar 25th 2008)
     
    Awww...Kate..for a rat Patrick is kinda cute.
    •  
      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 12:03am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Patrick is not cute ok , patrick is adorable with a capital A hehe !!
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 10:18am (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    She is lovely. Very scared of Joey (cat) but that's understandable.
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 6:06pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, she is a beauty! Patrick is the spitting image of one of the female rats we had...she was called King Rattigan (we got her from a family who didn't want her anymore) and we quickly changed her name to Constance.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 6:24pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    I've seen a few rats with her colouring - it must be the breed type I suppose. I just wish she was a bit friendlier!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 8:24pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Perhaps she'll mellow as she gets used to you.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2008 11:58pm (Mar 26th 2008)
     
    Everytime I start encouraging her to come out Joey arrives! I really should shut the door but watching her is one of the few pleasures he has left so I'll let him carry on for the short time he has left.
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2008 2:55pm (Mar 27th 2008)
     
    Yes, Joey Telly...we babysat some corn snakes once, and Trouble sat there hour after hour with her eyeballs like organ stops!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2008 5:06am (Mar 28th 2008)
     
    Patrick is a type called a Black Hooded Rat over here Kate. We used to have 200 of them in our play room. I think I already told you about that once. Anyway, what a cutie she is. I don't think we have rat chocolates over here...

    *Eyeballs like organ stops* That's one for my book of CCisms. :D
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2008 3:21pm (Mar 28th 2008)
     
    200!!! That's an infestation isn't it?! Its probably cat or dog chocolate really from the smell of it. I have her some cheese a couple of nights ago - had to giggle to myself though because I wasn't sure if she could have it or not, then realised what I was thinking!!!

    Whenever I go to see Patrick and call his name Joey is suddenly there, like the shopkeeper in Mr Benn (old british cartoon from when I was a child).
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2008 9:10pm (Mar 28th 2008)
     
    Remember, my mom was a Phd candidate in psychology - experimental. They were there for some project. We got to keep one of them. Named her Pussy Cat. Clever, eh?

    Cat or dog chocolate?

    Joey :heart:s Patrick.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2008 10:28pm (Mar 28th 2008)
     
    What happened to the other 199!! Cute name!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 1:15am (Mar 29th 2008)
     
    You don't want to know. :cry:
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 10:54am (Mar 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw, Mr Benn is fab! :cool:

    Those chocolate drops taste yummy...I had to eat one for a dare a few years ago, and they are gooood! Geez, sounds like i have some really weird eating habits...a worm, rat chocolate drops, and now a vegan... :-\ :D
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 3:28pm (Mar 29th 2008)
     
    The doggie choc drops are horrible. Like that 99.999999999999% proof chocolate you get - our mate loves that stuff, so I get it in when he's staying and offer him Dog Chocolate with his coffee...
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 3:32pm (Mar 29th 2008)
     
    My mom used to really like dog chocolates - I didn't, they're not sweet enough. (Yes, I did try them). I also used to nibble bits off my dog's bonio (it was a bone-shaped dog biscuit) and the closest I can compare that to is Ryvita for texture! I decided when the kids were babies that I'd taste anything I fed them. Which was fine until I started them on baby dinners - puddings are fab but the dinners YAK!!!!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 3:49pm (Mar 29th 2008)
     
    Fancy making a decision like that; wot about when they go down the garden and eat slugs and worms and suchlike (like Red...:jumping:); would you go and do the same??
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 3:54pm (Mar 29th 2008)
     
    Ah, but I wouldn't have fed them that! And I soon changed my mind after trying the first heinz dinner - I'm not completely stupid!!!!!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2008 5:58pm (Mar 29th 2008)
     
    :shocked::bigsmile:
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2008 6:47am (Mar 30th 2008)
     
    Unbelievable - the dog chocolates are actually CHOCOLATE? You know that chocolate, especially dark chocolate is poisonous to a dog, right?
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2008 1:54pm (Mar 30th 2008)
     
    These are Good Boy drops; probably has the same relationship to chocolate as margarine does to butter...ie hardly any...
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2008 6:36pm (Mar 30th 2008)
     
    Good. :shocked:
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2008 7:43pm (Apr 19th 2008)
     
    Let me tell you what I did today. First of all I went and bought a HUGE rat cage. Hubby scratched the plastic on our car getting it in, then almost ripped a hole in the seat getting it out. I scratched the paint on the inside of the door with it, hubby cut 2 of my fingers by pulling it before I was ready.

    Then I went and got Danny, Rachael and Caitlyn and we drove around the 3 shops that sell rats to choose a new one to keep Patrick company. In the first shop they all looked like Patty poo and I wanted a diffent colour. The 2nd shop had 3 rats - one had some grey on her but we couldn't really see the others. The 3rd shop hadn't bloomin' got any after we drove all the way there! So we went back to shop no.2 (Pets at Home) which is a store I don't like (too commercial) and bought the prettiest little white and grey rat. She's about 6 weeks old they think. I suppose age doesn't affect profit so they're not bothered. If she ever comes out of the play tube I'll take a photo and post it!

    Also, she has no name yet. Danny wants to call her Eleanor (nope, don't know why). Rachael wanted Morris (?!!!) Pete wants Rat. Any better suggestions anyone?
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 1:44pm (Apr 20th 2008) edited
     
    Here's my new baby! Sorry its not a very good picture but she's very shy at the moment. Patrick is going mad because she can smell her but can't see her. Anyway, at the moment I'm calling her Lolly subject to a better suggestion coming along!

    Photobucket

    This is her cage. Huge or what!

    new cage

    Hopefully I'll be able to get her and Patrick in the same cage next weekend so they'll have company. I hope they like each other!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 3:16pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    How about Atooey? As in Ratatouille?
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 3:46pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Like it - bit hard to call though. Sounds like I'm sneezing if I say it 2 or 3 times over!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 5:07pm (Apr 20th 2008) edited
     
    If you do it musically, it won't.
    A - tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo--ey!
    •  
      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 5:22pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Err what about Megan , charlotte , lucy , jenny , sophie or katie heeeheeee
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 8:13pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    I think I might go for Molly. Bit like Lolly but a proper name. Also reminds me of Milly because of the song - Milly Molly Mandy sweet as sugar candy ... don't know who sang it though, and need to find a Mandy to complete the set.
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 9:15pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I like Lolly...oh no wait, Molly is even better, i have a mouse called Molly :bigsmile:

    Hey, when we had rats we had that exact cage!! It had a darker blue base though. Molly looks beautiful from what we can see of her! Is she fully grown or still pretty small? She's a cutie anyway :heartsabove:
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 10:28pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Polly? Jolly? Wally? Bolly (hic...)? Dolly? Folly?
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 11:10pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    CC - have you been listening to my eldest?! He's just been doing that too!

    I forgot your mouse was Molly - I feel like a copycat now. :( Perhaps I should go back to Lolly. She's small - about the size of a fully grown mouse. I've taken some more photos but the computer won't recognise the memory card so it'll have to wait til tomorrow.
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 4:04pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nooo, i like that Molly shares her name with a rat! And that's cute that they're the same size, too - keep it at Molly, the more Molly's the better it's a cute name.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 6:32pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     
    Was Martha Molly's mommy? (ooo, alliteration!!)
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 7:34pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     
    No, Milly Molly Mandy was Martha's Mummy...:)
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 8:01pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     
    Oh she is darling. And I love the cage. And the couple's therapist in me is getting a chuckle out of the process involved in collecting it - including the role your new car played. :P

    Just looking at her photo again. She is SO cute. I wonder what the five cats and one dog living here would think of a pet rat. Well, I know what they'd think and its not good... Sigh.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 10:43pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     
    Mmmm, my memory might miss moments but Martha's mummy to Molly not Milly or Mandy I'm sure. ;)

    The therapist in you would be laughing at me asking hubby if he wanted to come to choose her but only if he stopped moaning at me. He said he couldn't guarantee it so headed into the garage to mess with his motorbike instead.

    I sort of wish I hadn't got her now - its bloody hard work! She pees and poops on me and keeps trying to nibble the fleshy bits on my arm. Ouch! I'm dreading the introductions too ... :sad:
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 2:59pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Why does she nibble the fleshy bits on your arm?? What an odd-bod :o

    Molly is Martha's sister (kind of, although they're not related, but they were my original two mice bought from different pet shops), and when Martha had babies they shared out the mothering duties which was very cute :heartsabove: There was no fighting at all with Molly and Martha, so maybe Molly and Pat will be okay??

    I know male rats will fight if they're not brothers, but don't know about females. We introduced two female mice, one was young and the other was over a year old - they were fine. Saw maybe one fight, but that was all. When are you going to put them together, if you are, and in which cage? :P
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 3:40pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    Just because she can I think! It makes me scared incase she sinks her teeth in and draws blood. :(

    Molly and Martha sort of being sisters didn't work with the 'M' theme! Thanks for helping with the relationship though - we'd both got it wrong!

    If I'd got both rats as babies they'd be OK, but because Patrick is about 9 months old now she classes as the dominant one. Introducing an adult male to an adult male is the most difficult but not impossible apparently. I was going to do it at the weekend but need to make sure I can be around most of it to keep an eye on them. Was going to visit my bro on Sunday so would have to rely on hubby and eldest. Hmm. I might try putting them in the bath together and just be prepared in case they start fighting. They'll go in the big cage, which will be yet another shock for poor Patrick. I hope its all worth it in the end!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 4:34pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    Might Molly bring out the maternal in Patrick? Let's hope she isn't like me...
    •  
      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 5:37pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Boy rats are the fat lazy ones that slob on your lap and watch TV :D ;)

    When we were introducing the rabbits, we were told to put them in an environment they didn't know, because then neither one would get territorial and it wouldn't cause extra problems. If the same applies for rats (??) then introducing them in the bath could be a good idea.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 6:55pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    That's the idea Red, did it work for the rabbits?

    Hadn't thought of that one CC - will change her name to Gilly if she's horrible to the baby!!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 7:36pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    It works a treat for rabbits; whenever I get a new rabbit I take the 'old' one with me to Sue at Bracknell Rabbit Rescue and we introduce them in her garden. Still a little fur flies when we get home but, on the whole, a lot less than if I just sprang a new rabbit on the old one.
    And I'm not HORRIBLE to babies, Kate; they're horrible to ME...mewling, puking, shrieking, squalling....:)
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 8:57pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    The local garden centre wanted me to take Patrick up there to introduce them. Not wise with a rat that hates being handled, and not good on quarantine guidelines either!

    I know CC - they sense your fear and exploit it!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2008 4:37pm (Apr 23rd 2008)
     
    I'm not frit of 'em, I just don't like 'em. Rats are all right, though...
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 7:38pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    OK, I'm going to do it. Its time Patrick and Molly were introduced. Off to get a towel to put on the bottom of the bath, and some gloves in case I need to break up a fight.
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 7:40pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Blimey. Good luck, cherub!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 9:30pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Yes Kate - good luck. Let us know ASAP. Fingers crossed, chewing my nails, holding my breath. Gasp. Ok, not holding my breath. But let us know as soon as you can. Of course you won't read this until you ARE letting us know... Shut up Diane.

    Come on Patrick. Be a good girl. This is all so your life will be even happier. A little friend for you.
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:06pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    How did it go Kate?
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:10pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Really really .... well!!! I eventually got them both into the bath (with a bath towel in the bottom). They both ran around trying to get out, then came across each other ... and ran past! Molly got curious so followed Patrick and kept running 'under' her, er, bottom? I assume it was to get her scent on her. This annoyed Patrick so she turned on Molly, knocked her over, Molly lay submissive, and Patrick let her up! They spent about 10 mins in the bath, then another 15 mins in molly's cage! Patrick's back in hers now though, as I need to clean Molly's, reorganise it, then they can both be in together. Might do the bath thing again before I abandon them to one residence!!
    •  
      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:24pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Oh excellent. Patrick gets to be Top Rat with no problems. Smart girl Molly. LOL - I can get on with my day now. See ya later Kate dear.
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:32pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    Bye Diane - have a good day and don't work too hard!
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2008 10:32pm (Apr 27th 2008)
     
    HOORAY! IntegRATion completed successfully...well done, batman. Or should that be Ratman...?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 7:13am (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    I'm glad it went well with you rat kids, Kate. I hoped they would get along when you introduced them. :thumbup:
    •  
      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 6:52pm (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    Patrick was making big huffy noises at Molly through the bars when I got home, so I did the bath thing again and it seemed to go OK. Didn't have time to leave them too long though. I am thinking of doing that for a couple more times and putting them together on Saturday when I can be around to keep an eye on them.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 7:23pm (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    That sounds like a better idea, Kate. If something were to go wrong and they suddenly didn't get along, you'd be there to break them up. I hope they will learn to get along tho..it's good to have a friend..I hope Patrick will agree.
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2008 7:55pm (Apr 28th 2008)
     
    Are their cages next to eachother?