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LCR01 / The Contralions

Brandywine Contra x Brandywine Dandelion

Family tree

20/12/2011: 15 babies, day 23 of the gestation period (+ one large baby buck who was stillborn).

I could gush about these two rats for hours on end - they are really wonderful, engaging little guys, and I couldn't have selected two nicer individuals for my first litter. Babies will hopefully be just as people-oriented, steady and playful as their parents, and (if everything goes to plan) contribute to the Tabi Initiative as a future outcross possibility. This is a close inbreed which is likely to bring out a lot of lurking recessives (and we were indeed happily surprised by a real rainbow litter!). Contra is agouti and Dandelion blazed cinnamon Essex, and in terms of recessives all the babies carry mink and some will carry Russian and/or self.
8 does   7 bucks  
Girl 1: Russian blue agouti Essex (Puck) Keeper   Boy 1: Russian dove Essex (Newton) AR
Girl 2: Agouti (Pickles) DF   Boy 2: Russian dove (Teal) KH
Girl 3: Russian dove agouti Essex (Radar) S&A E   Boy 3: Cinnamon Essex - runt (Siskin) KH
Girl 4: Agouti (Dash) S&A E   Boy 4: Black Essex (Volta) KH
Girl 5: Russian dove Essex (Minky) DF   Boy 5: Russian blue agouti Essex (Polaris) SC
Girl 6: Agouti Essex (Swing) Keeper   Boy 6: Agouti (Dunwich) SC
Girl 7: Agouti (Flow) Keeper   Boy 7: Russian dove agouti (Norwich) AR
Girl 8: Agouti Essex (Monkeyshines) Keeper      

Contrabelly

Day 18 Day 18 Day 20 Day 20

Runty boy's development

One of the boys (Siskin) was smaller than the other babies, and initially didn't thrive as well as his siblings. He lagged behind considerably for the first couple of weeks and it was touch and go for a while, but he opened his eyes at the same time as his siblings and developed normally after that, although never caught up in size entirely. Here is one photo a day for the first two weeks, next to his blazed sister (Swing).

0-2 weeks


2-3 weeks


3-4 weeks


4-7 weeks


Individual photos

 Girl 1 - Russian blue agouti Essex

Puck (keeper)

Weights
Day 10: 21g
Day 21: 73g
Day 48: 190g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 2 - Agouti
 (middle agouti; 2 tail spots)

Pickles (DF)

Weights
Day 10: 23g
Day 21: 74g
Day 48: 196g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 3 - Russian dove agouti Essex

Radar (S&A E)

Weights
Day 10: 24g
Day 21: 76g
Day 48: 196g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 4 - Agouti
 (smallest agouti; 1 tail spot)

Dash (S&A E)

Weights
Day 10: 21g
Day 21: 67g
Day 48: 179g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 5 - Russian dove Essex

Minky (DF)

Weights
Day 10: 24g
Day 21: 79g
Day 48: 205g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 6 - Agouti Essex

Swing (keeper)

Weights
Day 10: 21g
Day 21: 76g
Day 48: 192g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 7 - Agouti
 (biggest agouti; no tail spot)

Flow (keeper)

Weights
Day 10: 25g
Day 21: 79g
Day 48: 190g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Girl 8 - Agouti Essex

Monkeyshines (keeper)

Weights
Day 10: 22g
Day 21: 68g
Day 48: 188g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 1 - Russian dove Essex

Newton (AR)

Weights
Day 10: 19g
Day 21: 72g
Day 48: 202g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 2 - Russian dove

Teal (KH)

Weights
Day 10: 23g
Day 21: 78g
Day 48: 222g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 3 - Cinnamon Essex (runt)

Siskin (KH)

Weights
Day 10: 12g
Day 21: 47g
Day 48: 152g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
No photo
(extra feeding
instead!)
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 4 - Black Essex

Volta (KH)

Weights
Day 10: 23g
Day 21: 77g
Day 48: 217g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 5 - Russian blue agouti Essex

Polaris (SC)

Weights
Day 10: 21g
Day 21: 75g
Day 48: 210g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 6 - Agouti

Dunwich (SC)

Weights
Day 10: 21g
Day 21: 73g
Day 48: 194g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 Boy 7 - Russian dove agouti

Norwich (AR)

Weights
Day 10: 25g
Day 21: 83g
Day 48: 217g

   
Day 5 Day 8 Day 12 Day 14
      Day 16 Day 18 Day 23 Day 41

 

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