As some may already know Big Apple Rattery is under new ownership. Now would be a good time to introduce myself ;) My name is Kelly and I live on Long Island. I have been a Rat owner for 19 years. I once had a rat rescue known has Ratlovers Rescue. I also make hammocks and other comfy items for small animals ( Kelly's Critter Creations). I specialize in dwarfs and stockies. I am currently working towards a dwarf manx. Colors and markings are always a plus but not a goal. Temperament and health are always top priority. All our rats are socialized with children and other animals. I take joy in spoiling each and every rat. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
We like many, are a closed rattery which means that no visitors are allowed in my home. My rats and work as a breeder mean everything to me and as their provider I must take every precaution to ensure that they stay healthy. There are too many illnesses, most of which can easily be spread unknowingly that can take out a whole rattery in a matter of weeks or less and I would rather not take that risk.
We usually have 2-3 litters at a time and always have several adopters ready to adopt babies. Keeping things on a smaller scale helps us to make sure every rat is given quality time and care preparing them for their new homes. I believe when you have too many rats, the quality of care they receive diminishes and the babies just aren't as friendly. Finding good homes for my grandratties is extremely important to me and I won't just breed for the hell of it, there are always goals I'm trying to reach with every litter.
We keep our rats in large cages that have multiple floors and inside we supply hammocks, ropes, igloos, rat wheels and other things to entertain these smart little creatures. We use only Aspen or CareFresh for bedding as other beddings such as Pine and Cedar are dangerous to use for all small animals especially rats. Our basic rat diet consists of a homemade mix of Harlan Lab Blocks, dry dog kibble (meat is always the first ingredient), oats, barley, whole wheat, flax seed, black oil sunflower seeds, white millet, white safflower seed, and peanut hearts. Occasionally I will offer low/no sugar cereals, more so as a treat but I prefer not to provide this in my daily mix as I'd like to stay away from processed foods which usually contain many artificial ingredients. Fresh fruits and veggies are offered daily. Other foods such as cottage cheese, yogurt, aloe juice, rice, eggs and so on are also given every week. Variety is important for these guys and they benefit greatly from it. It's also important to remember to offer these extra foods in rat size. If we eat a whole apple as a snack, giving a rat just a small piece of an apple (no larger than its head size) is more than enough. (Imagine if we ate an apple that was larger than our head). IMPORTANT! Please do not offer your rats food that you have eaten from, you may pass on a bacterial or viral infection to them. We also supplement with various herbs, probiotics and plant based enzymes. All of our rats are dewormed and we try to keep any ectoparasites away such as rat lice or more commonly seen rat mites by using revolution or horse paste wormer as needed. Don't worry these little buggers aren't interested in living on you, just the rats.
We are located in Coram on Long Island. Exit 63 off of the LIE or 52a off of Sunrise Highway. We understand that no longer being located in the city may be a little more inconvenient, thats why we are still offering meets in the city for group drop offs (this means we will meet more than one adopter on a scheduled day in the city.)