Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Dayne » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:25 am

Good day everyone.

I have been trying for awhile now to get my Carpets onto rats, but with no luck. They are ferocious eaters and never miss a meal, but when I offer them a rat pup, they have no interest what so ever. I've tried scenting the rat pups with mice and it still doesn't help.

I would like to know if any of you, have any suggestions on what I could do?

Many thanks.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Lillypod » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:59 am

I don't have carpets, but all my snakes that are big enough to eat rats haven't refused them, so I cannot help, but I will wish you luck.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby dobby7 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:03 am

I had the same issue with my corn snakes and one of my kings. I tried everything but no luck either. Try feeding them multimammate mice then try rats after that.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Blake » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:24 am

Yeah man I have a pair of carpets but mine had no issue changing from mice to rats, so I don't really have any advice there but will see if I can find anything out for you.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Dayne » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:34 pm

I want to get them onto rat pups, as I know the longer they on mice the more difficult it will be changing them over.

@ Blake, how old were your carpets when u changed them over? I know when they are adults, rats is the way to go, instead of feeding them crazy amounts of mice..

Was thinking maybe not feeding them for 2weeks and then try the rats.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Mitton » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:27 pm

Some Carpets just don't like rats and it is a mission to get them to take rats. I don't know why this is, other Carpets will take rat pups and move to bigger rats as they grow without any issue.

I have a 6 year old pair, the male only started taking rats last year and the female this year and she will only take a rat if I scent it with a multi mouse but first have to give her a multi and then the scented rat.
What I find weird is the last +-40 of their babies that I hatched took rat pups from the first time I offered.

Try and get some multis and give the snakes multis first and then a rat pup. Skipping 2 or 3 feeds is also an option to get them nice and hungry.

Good luck, just keep trying, hopefully they will take rat pups soon.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Dayne » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:48 pm

Thanks very much for the advice Mitton, will definately give that a try and persevere!
Must say you have got some absolutely beautiful specimans..

Thanks again.
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Re: Advice needed. Swopping over from mice to rats

Postby Blake » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:27 pm

Mine were 6 months old when I swapped them over to rat pups.
They about 2 years old now and eat like beasts. What I do in my feeding schedule is I'll feed them for two weeks then take them off the third week.
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