Quarantine officially ended and the new rats moved into the rat room several days ago. It was time to start thinking about intros, and intros with males can be tricky. This time, they will be especially tricky.
|Hammie tries to find an escape route
out of the rat room.
|Burt is not pleased with
his new neighbors
After moving the new guy's cage into the rat room, it also became pretty clear that Burt would also need a neuter if intros were going to proceed. He became obsessed with the new boys and their cage, pacing the side of the cage nearest to them, and biting the cage bars when they would come out to play in the rat room. There is no way I want to try intros with Burt in the state he is in when the other rats come out. Somehow, I think if Burt and Hammie were ever to be put in the same place together, they would have a fight to the death. I am unsure who would win. Likely, they both would lose.
|Hammie, a bully? No way. Look at that cute face.
|Bobo and Jeremy will probably be successfully introduced to Ruby with time and patience.
|Bobo explores the rat room. It is pretty cool.
My regular vet does not do neuters so I scheduled the appointment with the exotics practice that she refers more specialized procedures out to. I have never been to this vet. One of the avian veterinarians who works there is well known in the bird community in the Chicago area and I have heard him speak at bird club meetings in the past. So I am optimistic that they hire good people.
|Jeremy favors his left side to keep weight off his right leg
|Forget the toys, I want to play with you!
|Jeremy and Bobo love their people!