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Wed, Jul. 13th, 2005 11:25 pm
an email I just got in my rattery bin

I found your web page and thought that I would contact you. I have been gathering information on rat breeding and was wondering if you had any advice. Just a bit about my breeding standards: I would never cull, I will keep every rat I breed if does not find a home will never sell any baby to a pet shop and they are sold on contract. All breeding rat must be very health and have very good temperaments, color is just a second. I am breeding not for quantity but for quality. I may only be 11 years old but I am breeding for the love of rats and I know as much as I can about health care, hygiene, genetics, breeding. Socialized my rat babies is very imported to me. Please do not judge me on my age, as many other ratteries just look down on me.Me and my family are coming down to your area and i am looking for new breeding stock (starting) and was wondering if you would be willing to adopt us some rats?
Amanda



She sounds nice and intelligent but I don't support people that young breeding. They can get tired of it and\or the parents don't support it (and if they did, they might stop and make her get rid of her rats) I won't sell her any rats, but I don't know how to word my email so I don't sound like a rat nazi (I am though..just a little;)
Thoughts?

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yodallama
yodallama
Jessi (Yoda to some)
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)

Well if she is going to be in your area anyway I would say to maybe invite her to go to your rattery and meet with her and her parents and talk it over with them. If you decide not to sell them any rats you can at least show her all your rats and that will make her happy


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)

Tricky one... If she's set on it then she'll get rats from elsewhere, I think yodallama has the right idea - invite her (and her folks) around, try and get it into their heads how much effort is involved...


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keltikdrag0nfly
keltikdrag0nfly
Mom, dad: I'm Gaelic.
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)

Be honest about your reservations and tell her that even though you trust that she has only the best interests of her critters in mind, breeding can be a financial and emotional hardship even for us adults. Be open, however, to advising her and answering questions. It's hard to be young, especially young and ambitious, and it's always good to have a friend.


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keltikdrag0nfly
keltikdrag0nfly
Mom, dad: I'm Gaelic.
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)

My dilemna, right now, is how to tell a past adopter that I'm not her personal pet-placement service. First she inquires about how she could place a litter of babies that her "rescued" pet store female gave birth to, then there's an e-mail asking if I know anyone who would be interested in degus, then "Why didn't you reply to my e-mail and do you know anyone who would like a lop rabbit?" *headdesk*


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caminatr
Cam
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)

I'd help her. She's obviosly requested help from others who turned her down flat due to her age. If she was a dishonest person, she could easily lie about it. This is a golden opportunity to show her how to do the job the right way -- Before she develops any bad habits.


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jnlldxn
jnlldxn
chinbunny
Thu, Jul. 14th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)

Sometimes kids that age are actually very good with their animals as long as parents are involved. Take the rabbit world for instance. we have alot of young kids that show their animals and take great great care of them because of parents and whole families getting involved. Sometimes they still take good care of them even if the parents aren't involved. Also, a kid involved in something like 4-h is usually pretty good with animals at that age. Our fair lets kids show very small pocket pet animals. Like rats, hammies, and gerbils.


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