There are no available rats at this time. To see babies please check the Nursery. If you are not already subscribed to our litter announcement blog please do so at www.bigapplerattery.blogspot.com. This is the only way, other than checking our site or blog daily that you will know when we have available babies. Once the babies are 2-3 weeks old and their eyes are open, individual pictures will be taken. Each baby will be given a litter name which you are free to change once you get them. Once all the babies are sexed, given names and their pictures are up on the slideshow a litter announcement will be made on our blog and automatically an email will be sent to everyone subscribed to our blog letting them know our blog was updated. At this time everyone can contact us with their picks. Please know that the first person to contact us get first picks, second gets second picks and so on. It's advised to list a couple of your favorite babies in your email just in case someone else inquires before you, at least you'll have a chance for babies that you are interested in. We really try to keep things fair and make everyone happy during this process however adopters must realize that our list contains many rat loving homes and is growing daily. If by chance you didn't get a chance to pick out babies, don't worry we will have more babies usually only a few weeks later. Once your baby has been placed on hold, you have 1 week to pay a $5 non refundable deposit which can be done through PayPal. We ask for a deposit to help ensure a home is in place. If by chance the holder does not pick up their baby 1 week from the arranged set date the baby will go to the next adopter. You are allowed to pay for the babies in full if you so desire. Babies on hold with deposit will state "On Full Hold" ****Please do not send deposits until you are told your baby is on hold for you****
** Adopters please fill out an adoption agreement. Please view the Adoption Agreement page. Thank you!!**
*Before you adopt rats please understand that you are making a commitment to those creatures for the rest of their lives (2-4 years). Your rats will look to you for healthy food, spacious and clean living quarters, veterinary care if needed and most importantly love and attention. Always remember that we have an outside life, a job, school, friends, family, and other priorities that make our lives complete however YOU are all that your rats have.
Rats are like potato chips, you can't have just one! Sorry, no reputable rat breeder or rescue will adopt out a single rat unless you have rats at home. Rats are extremely social creatures and thrive off each others company. Two rats are no harder to care for than one, they will still bond with you and its proven that they live happier, healthier, and longer lives with company. There is just no way that a human can replace the companionship of another rat no matter how much time you spend with them.
Working with other breeders... While I have no problem doing business with responsible breeders in other states, I choose not to adopt out my rats to people who intend to breed in my state. Good homes are hard to come by and if there are a couple breeders in one state it becomes too hard to place everyone's babies. It's also wise to check for local rescues so you don't interfere with what they are trying to do. This is something that I considered before I decided to breed and so should any breeder. Breeders that wish to do business with us must share similar values and breeding practices. References, breeder referrals and or club/org memberships mean nothing to us, if you don't have your rats best interest at heart. We are always happy to answer any questions or share our findings with other breeders so we can together improve the fancy. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in knowing more about a particular rats line, we are very familiar with all of our lines and can tell you what to expect in regards to health, longevity, temperament, type and genetics. We also use the breeders assistant program for our pedigrees.