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@  CindyR : (09 November 2017 - 08:51 AM)

I'm in too!

@  lollyh : (07 November 2017 - 12:23 PM)

ha!! i am in.woohooo. :clap: :thanx: :happydance: :yay: :ratlol:

@  lollyh : (30 October 2017 - 08:59 AM)

Rip my sweet Winston. :bigeyecry: I am gonna miss you sweet boy.you are with nougies in heaven.

@  lollyh : (24 October 2017 - 11:21 PM)

Yes I am Roos but I know their is a problem with the forums.it was put on Facebook..apparenting it was hacked & we waiting for tails to fix.on my pc it won't let me in.says decriptive website in big red writing.i am only getting in on my ipad. :ratsad:

@  Rattieroos : (23 October 2017 - 07:43 PM)

Hello..anyone still on here.?

@  lollyh : (23 October 2017 - 09:29 AM)

Hey everyone.is the forums back up & running?.

@  Rattieroos : (16 October 2017 - 11:28 PM) Oops wasnt finished. I will miss them like mad. :cry: :cry: :cry: This will no make my losses this year 9 :( :bigeyecry: I have 12 rescues left. My 10day old babies are turning 1 year tomorrow already. I will always have my few rats but I can't take on rescues anymore. At least for a while. Hope everyone is well.. sad to see the forum so quiet. I know I'm one of the quiet ones. @Lolly, thanks, missed you all too. I'm sure you and Winston miss her gentle nature. *hugs* *hugs*
@  Rattieroos : (16 October 2017 - 11:21 PM) Not able to be on much lately but had to tonight. I had to say goodbye to my beloved Grandpa Roo and his faithful Nibbs this evening. My heart felt like it was in pieces. Roo would have turned 3 next Tuesday. I keep expecting to see them in their cage or have them on the bed with me.
@  lollyh : (03 October 2017 - 09:07 PM) Hey Roos.yes!!. we have missed you. *hugs* thank you swty.miss her gentle nature so much. Poor Winston is also missing her too.
@  Rattieroos : (30 September 2017 - 08:31 PM) Hey all, haven't been on for ages. @ Lolly, so so sorry about Nougies :ratangel:
@  lollyh : (28 September 2017 - 09:01 PM) hehehe after all our rattie talking. :ratgiggle: .i forgot to ask you about the new posting method for here. lol
@  Caryn : (28 September 2017 - 08:52 PM) lol Was lovely to finally meet you in person after all these years :D
@  lollyh : (28 September 2017 - 03:54 PM) So today i finally got to meet my fellow noogan caryn today while up at the Spca.i was so excited to meet her.i screamed her name like a mad person. :clap: lol
@  Caryn : (27 September 2017 - 08:44 PM) Ah no :(
@  CindyR : (27 September 2017 - 12:56 PM) Aaarrrggggg! I can't seem to post any pics with this new image site. My pc refuses to work with it.
@  Tails : (19 September 2017 - 01:40 PM) for the most part, the NB images are done, but please drop me a PM or an email (not here in the chat) if you see any more 3rd party photobucket broken image links (excl posts made by members other than admin/Tails)
@  Tails : (19 September 2017 - 01:07 PM) yay banners done so far
@  Tails : (19 September 2017 - 12:39 PM) @lollyh, dont think he's a RN member :) and I'm so so sorry about Nougies :( :( :(
@  DiscoMoose : (19 September 2017 - 10:34 AM) i'm really sorry Lolly. She was most beautiful and special girl. I am thankful that she could go peacefully at home, with those she loves. <3 rest in peace dearest Nougies. All my love and compassion to you, Lolly <3
@  lollyh : (18 September 2017 - 09:56 PM) hi all.my very special nougies passed away this morning at 2:20am. :ratsadlook: .she reached 3 yrs & 2months.gonna miss her so much.she passed with sweet winston by her side till the end.

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So I know it is usually not advisable to add foods to an already balanced mix, But personally I find the RR lacking in some respects.

 

I find that my boys will devour all the biscuts and leave the whole grains unless I am really mean and leave their food bowel untouched until they eat everything.

 

To counter this problem I ended up adding a 'soup' mix of dry grains to their food and they seam to enjoy these grains more. The grains in the mix are: Split Peas, Split lentils, Barely, wheat and I think oats.

 

I also add wholegrain Pasta and a tub of pumpkin seeds as well as a cup of hills dog food and lab blocks. I do this for 2 reasons.

 

1. To add variety

2. To make food stretch further because I do feed dry food ad lib and it gets expensive buying a huge amount of RR every month.

 

My mix works out more or less like this: 12l Tub of food:

 

50 % lab blocks

50 % RR

1 small bag of soup mix

1 bag of wholegrain pasta (usually broken spaghetti, the boys enjoy holding onto it)

1 small tub of pumpkin seeds

1 small cup of hills dog food

1 cup of rolled oats

 

Essentially they get very little of the extras because I make up the bulk of the mix to be lab blocks and RR.

 

They also get fresh veg every day and a bit of whatever Carly and I have (Usually more of Carly's food since I am vegetarian and my food isn't too different from what they get anyway)

 

So they will sometimes get bits of chicken or grilled fish and if we haven't given them meat in a while, I will boil an egg or 2, crack it slightly and let them have at it. I try and do this in the morning if I am going to be out all day so that they have something to keep them busy. I also stuff a hollow ball with treats like broken dog biscuits etc just to make being alone more fun.

 

Besides from mixing with the RN mix, does anyone else add items to RR?


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I have a combination of the RR and RN mix plus I add:

Pumpkin seed

Sunflower seads

Cranberries (make sure it's not the ones soaked dried in juice. Way to much sugar.  Rather take the natural dried ones).

Crushed cashews and pecans (just a little)

Spelt flakes

Dried blue berries

 

I've tried goji berries and they hate it as much as I do.

 

Also try a bit of the coloured pasta.  The red and green ones. 



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I don't do the RN or the RR mix. I make my own mixes for variety sake.

 

I know the RN mix is balanced and that is really awesome and I looked at it again last night but I am not keen on it as there is so little to it and most items in there are acid forming.

 

So I do nut mixes and seed mixes which they get every now and then. I base the nuts and seeds I give them based on if they are alkaline.

 

I believe in a diet that is 75% alkaline and the rest acid

 

Organic Sunflower seeds. 

Pecan nuts (Acid)

Almonds (Alkaline)

Brazil Nuts (Alkaline)

Pine nuts (Alkaline)

pumpkin seeds (Alkaline)

Linseed (Alklaine)

dried Cranberries (Acid)

Coconut flakes

 

My rats get fresh veg in the evening sometimes with some fruit. Mornings is whatever I eat or I make the coconut porridge for them or Maltabella which is a safer form of wheat as it's less processed and not so many bad side effects on a huge scale.

 

 

 

So I guess the above can be safely added but it will throw the RN balance out I guess.



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We feed Reggie Rat but add some brown puffed rice, gogi berries, rolled whole oats and occasionally pumpkin or sunflower seeds, bran flakes, corn wafers (like rice cakes) etc. 

 

We then also feed fresh veg and fruit every day. 

 

I worry that many of the grains and nuts have too much protein and are very fattening so don't give much. 


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I bought a big bag of RR in December & am battling to get my boys to finish it, they MUCH prefer the RN mix (I mix it without dog cubes though & I do make sure I use the correct ingredients - I can never seem to find the brown & white puffed rice (the Thea's one from Dischem) so I get the wholewheat one from Dischem & everything else is as recommended). I give a handful of Lab blocks a day but throw away probably half of it because I scatter it around the cage & if I see it wet then it's got wee on it so I chuck it out. I sometimes buy that Popcorn stuff as a treat & add it now & then to their food bowl. I'm waiting for the new RN mix prepacks to come available, then will be buying that.

 

They eat fresh food every night & cereal in the morning.

 

So I don't feed RR as a base food, they eat all the big pieces & leave the little seeds, so I end up throwing a lot of it away. I haven't got the heart to leave it as their only food bowl. I have a food bowl in each level, the bottom one has had RR in it for days now & they would much rather eat the top level bowl with RN mix.



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I also got the RR, but was hoping to get some lab blocks too. I do give them fresh fruits and veggies too.  I'm still new in the game can anyone perhaps tell me where to get lab blocks?! I live in PE and can't ream to find them anywhere. My two also seem to only pick out the bits they like out of the RR mix.


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You can order the lab blocks from Pet Mania, I think they post their orders? It's a 2kg bag if I'm not mistaken, so a fair size to order (for about R25 or so).



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Thanks for the tip. I'm hoping to go to Cape Town at the end of the month, perhaps I can just stock up then. I'm thinking I can maybe freeze some or vacuum pack them so they say nice and fresh.


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My boys are not fond of Reggie Rat at all and I find the mix needs some tweaking too. I feed mine Rat Nature or else Crispy Muesli for Hamsters & Co. which is by the same company as RN


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My Ratties are being picky about some of the parts of RR, is there any way to stop them from being fussy? 

I do give them a variety of fresh food every day as well so they do get different flavours. 


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You force them to finish what is in the bowl before you refill. Adult rats can/should have lean periods anyway.


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Okay so I am not being cruel if I force them to eat everything left before giving them new stuff? Even if it seems like they don't eat for a day?  


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