How can you tell some of them are dumbo? Both the parents have standard ears. I'm never got to see the outcome of her first litter because they all died except one. This litter she is doing so much better, but some babies are getting fed more than others. She seems to be picking 3-4 babies and separating them from the nest and feeding those in the nest. I keep putting them back in and every time I go up there, she is still separating some out, sometimes the same ones, sometimes not. I need a few for feeders anyway, so bringing 14 down to a lower number like 8-10 or so would be better for the babies.
And I am supplementing her diet. Last night she got some hard boiled egg, a little sliver of turkey (not a lot), some veggies. I do this all the time whether they are pregnant, not pregnant, or with a litter. I like knowing my rats are getting everything they need. They always get my meal leftovers as long as what I'm eating does not contain anything they can't have (things that are toxic) or does not contain too much salt or sugar.
Today they are getting whole grain pasta and maybe some apple slices. Yummy!
Oh and I just looked it up and I think Female #9 is a Variegated. The other two with dots on their heads are essex. The blazed girl is....well a blazed :lol:. I've decided to keep all 4 of those girls. My husband demands I name them Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. The silverish boy is named Basil.