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Old 09-22-16, 02:44 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: Gaining weight fast enough?

Whoops wrong thread....clearly someone needs more sleep. -.- This was meant for my "BRB scales disappearing and has nothing to do with this thread.
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Old 09-22-16, 02:49 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Re: Gaining weight fast enough?

Also, Andy, my experience has been the opposite. My rat-raised boa constrictor was 2'7" at a year. My mouse raised yearling was 3' at a year. She also has a lot more girth despite him being fed a rat fuzzy or pup every 5 days, and she's been fed every 14 days almost the entire time I've had her. I've never raised my BRBs on rats before so no comparison, but that comment was on people telling me to put my rainbow boa on rat pinks, who could barely take a fuzzy mouse. That's where my problems arise from here. He would regurge any rat pink I gave him, he can't even keep down (he can swallow it just regurges it a few days later) a large fuzzy mouse. Rat pinks are twice the size of what I'm feeding him and what he can keep down.

I do also want to point out, I switch to rats at the weaned stage. Once I start breeding, I'll have a wider array of individuals to test the rat vs mouse thing out on but for now I'm sticking to mice as it's easier to control the size, I can avoid the nursing stage sooner, and I can more easily breed mice where I live than rats (although once this litter is done I'll probably stop projects until I can get a breeder mouse rack system set up).
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Old 09-22-16, 08:00 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The 44 was the average for the *entire litter*. ;-) Sadly, the three I kept back had issues, and the two girls passed away. I'm still fighting to save the male -- he has regurg issues, but otherwise seems solid.
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Geez, sorry to hear that. :/
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Old 09-24-16, 10:29 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Well, I started this thread on 9-15, and happily, Bean has gained 3 grams and already shed again. Woohoo!!

73 grams and counting...
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