Here are three things:
1) A quick and easy cage guide
2) Ouzles Food Recipe
3) Ouzles FAQ
Have at it!
1, 2 or 3 Tier Rodent Lazy Bone Cages.
These are probably great for Chinchillas or other rodents - but not for rats.
There's no climbing room and no trays for substrate. And no room for a wheel
Verdict: Alcatraz for Rats. AVOID. 0/10
Furplast Furet Plus.
Decent enough little cage for what it is.
Plus: the whole roof lifts off for access.
Minus: the whole roof lifts off for easy escape. And the door at the front has very bad closure. Verdict: ANNOYING. 4/10.
Any cage with WIDE SPACED BARS.
These cages are a nightmare. Young rats will slip through these bars like they're not even there and does will get their head through then wriggle the rest of their body after it.
Verdict: AVOID. 0/10
Archetypal small group starter cage. Perfect for a group of 3 rats.
Can't fault it. Well, maybe if the door was big enough to get a wheel in and out?
Very well made. Sturdy. Great door catch.
What's not to love?! Advertised as a Hamster Cage but these things are HUGE. Big enough to house up to 7 grown Bucks. Ridiculously affordable. Well-made. Cannot recommend highly enough at the price. And look at all those accessories!
This is a cage for Bucks. I suppose you can kit it out for does but it has a sort of manly vibe to it. Extremely well made. Has a pull-out tray at the bottom. Alternatively, you can also fit a Freddy 2 type tray inside the cage if you want a substrate digging experience. Great cage. Huge door.
Little Friends Triple Door Rat & Chinchilla Cage
I like this cage. You can take the roof off with 2 screws if you want (recommend you remove the rats first) and there are 3 doors on the front. There are also 4 rotating food bowls on the front so you can feed them from outside, which is cool. You can have the cage high on the stand or mod it so it rides at the bottom of the stand. Cage body measures 99 x 82 x 54.
You can take the inside shelves out too.
Popamazing 3-Tier Large Birds Parrot Cage
This has a lot of fans and comes in at a reasonable price. New to the market. Be interesting to see how it holds up after a few years use. Looks ok!
SAVIC ROYAL SUITE 95
Now we are talking 'aspirational'. This is the bees-knees of rat cages. Look at that ease of access for cleaning. Both doors open wide. The build quality is superb. This is your Rolls-Royce of rat cages. And you can make triple-storey versions. Nuff-said.
NB: We recommend the 95 over the newer and larger XL as the build quality is much better in the 95 than the XL.
Ouzles Food Mix comprises the following, mixed by volume:
- does: 20g per doe per day
- bucks: 20-25g(absolute max winter portion) per buck per day
Nada. Zip. Nothing Else.
1. There is an adoption fee of £20 per 8 - 12 week old baby rat.
- This is exactly the same whether they are Dumbo, Rex, or a certain special colour, etc..
2. We only supply rats in groups of 3 (or more) unless they are going to share a cage with other ratties – in which case we will supply a pair.
- It is important for baby rats to have same-age company and to go out into a new home situation with a friend
- Ouzles recommend rats are housed in a group of 3 or more and consider this a welfare issue to the extent that we now only home rats out in pairs where they are going to be added to a pre-existing group or where they are going to be company for a lone survivor.
- Rats are social animals and prefer to live in a group rather than as one half of a pair. They rely on other rats both for companionship and for practical ratty things - such as mutual grooming - all of which are essential to their well-being.
- Groups of three or more give rise to smoother cage relationships as the social burden is shared rather than placed entirely on the other rat.
- The only time I have ever seen bored-looking rats is when they are living as just one of a pair.
- Being part of a small group also mitigates against heartbreak; when one of a pair 'passes on' the survivor is always extremely miserable and can be tetchy and difficult to deal with. And it is not unknown for the other to die a 'sympathetic' death within 10 days. When they live as part of a group that doesn't happen. This is especially important with male rats. Most of our own rats live in groups numbering between 3 & 7. Some live in groups of 10 – 12!
- Living in groups of 3 or more from an early age is particularly important with male rats as it is very difficult to successfully add new males to a cage at a later date, particularly after the death of a close-bonded pair.
3. Get on our Waiting List ASAP when you join the Facebook group if you want to adopt.
Your completed form secures your place in the queue. Usually, unless it’s a particular colour or coat etc that you’re after, we will usually have rats for you to take home within 10-12 weeks.
3a. How the Waiting List Works:
- What happens with adoptions here at Ouzles is we take first pick of the litters, for line continuance.
- We only ever breed for line continuation, never solely for pet creation.
- Those we don't need for line continuation are then offered up for adoption to the people on the Waiting List, in Wait List order.
- So the person at the top of the list gets the first choice of available babies (if a choice is available), the second on the list gets second choice, and so on, down the list, until all the babies are allocated.
- If someone doesn't like or want the colours offered to them at that time they are welcome to "defer" their turn til the next set of litters
4. Can I breed from your rats? NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO .NO. NO.
- Our rats are adopted out purely on a Pets Only basis.
- Although we have no control over what happens to them after they leave us, there has to be an element of understanding between us and any adoptive parents and that understanding is that they are not to be used for breeding as there are too many badly bred pets out there and finding homes for them is harder than you think. (A badly bred pet can arise from a well-bred Breeder's Rat when the pet owner pairs it up with another animal with whom there is no genetic compatibility.) (There is a lot more to good breeding than putting two good-looking rats together...)
- No breeding permitted whatsoever unless this has been discussed and arranged with you as AN NFRS REGISTERED RATTERY or OUZLES TRAINEE at the time of adoption.
5. Can I buy your rat food when I visit? YES.
- 5kg = £14.
- 10kg = £28
- Bag of Barley Rings £1.50
- No, I don’t send it through the mail. I can’t carry that much to the Post Office!
6. Will you have xxxx variety of rats available to adopt in xxxx month?
- It doesn't work like that, I’m afraid.
- There is no way we can guarantee having babies available at any particular time of the year.
- It depends what we are breeding and what we are breeding depends on the requirements of that line which depends on the ages of the rats comprising that line at that moment in time.
- We're not a puppy farm breeding to order; we don't breed to satisfy the desires of the Waiting List.
- The Waiting List adopts the rats we don't require for line continuation and the WL is served in order that people join it.
- We only ever breed for line continuation.
7. Don’t call me Pat; it causes me dysphoria.
- My name is Paddington. Or Patricia, if I'm wearing a dress.
- (If you want to shorten it I do respond well to Padd!)
- I particularly dislike 'Pat' written down/in correspondence.
- Very occasionally, someone who has known me forever will call me 'Pat' face to face and I will not get annoyed as they have “infinite licence”. Don’t assume you have.
NB: The NFRS maintains a list of its studs and ratteries as a convenience but doesn't endorse any stud, rattery or member. Therefore it accepts no responsibility for any rats, including rescues, homed by me.