Why is my pet rat burying her babies?
My pet rat had babies yesterday, everything was fine but today she have buried them under the bedding and the woodshavings twice! They keep squeaking and im worried as to why she is doing this?
is she killing them?
i saw her ingestion one earlier...
Also by doing this she is keeping them warm,as for ingestion one it may have been sick or dead born,on no article attempt to touch or examine them or she will kill and eat the rest.
Edit.to Thomas fiancee.At no time have I suggested that birds chomp through their young,but this can happen with birds of prey such as Owls,who will munch through them when their is a shortage of their food.
So please Don't pass comments until you have read things in the right prospective.
The one she was eating was probably already comatose. Usually rats have one or two stillborn babies, or babies that die shortly after birth, and the mother will eat it so predators don't smell the decomposing corpse, to maintain the nest clean, and also to conserve nutrients.
Just keep an eye on the babies, make certain she is feeding them, and make sure she unburies them at some point to caution for them. You only need to worry whether she is burying them then leaving them and ignoring them, within which case you will have to find a foster mother or raise them yourself. Good luck near your rats!
but its for safekeeping the buried thing
i had a female that get out, mated with a wild rat,
later i got her back the boys where ok but the girls where on earth a bit vicious.
make sure they got loads of food i have 14 to deal with eventualy the daughters killed the mum surrounded by old age.
this is completely normal, the babies or pinkies don't enjoy any fur at that age so they get cold really easy. my rat would actually lay on her babies and i would catch so worried, but its fine. rats make good mothers and wont do anything they aren't supposed too, normally.
as far as her ingestion the babies, they are probably sick or defected in some way, it's really heartbreaking when you realize the mother is doing it, but it for the best. so the other babies don't get hurt or sick. but if she eats more than perchance 3 or 4, it's because she is lacking something.
when my rats had babies someone told me to feed her rare beef fat, so if you make a roast or a steak at some point, cut sour the fat and give it to her. the calories in the stout is what she is craving, i mean imagine feeding 12 babies at one time?
lol. besides good luck - and feel free to email me if you inevitability anything else.
No it's completely natural. She's hiding them from predators, don' t touch them just leave her to it. Is the mannish in with them? If he is take him out. She'll solitary eat one if it's ill or whether she feels threatened
1st and foremost she's keeping them melt while she's not laying on them as newborn rats can't regulate their own body temperature. It's also an instinctual thing. They babies are fine, and since you witnessed her intake one earlier, this is sadly natural as powerfully. If a baby dies, she will dispose of the body by eating it (my momma rat Ellie did this). Or if a infant rat is sick the mother will also eat it. You won't be able to tell whether it is sick or not, but she knows. It's just how it goes.
CHANGE THE BEDDING IMMEDIATELY! Wood shavings are NOT obedient for rats and are known to cause respiratory illnesses in rats! Doesn't business who sells the bedding, it's not good for them! Use shredded paper or verbs towels/rags, it's a cheaper and WAY safer alternative.
are they dead