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Important Info for Rats

(Info for hamsters & opossums lower down)

From my Rattery, you will be getting pedigreed, well-tempered, properly bred, and properly raised animals. My rats are from great bloodlines that can be traced back to Canadian and Australian Breeders. My babies are raised on high quality, mostly organic food. They come with a three-paged detailed contract that ensures the health and temperament of my rats. You'll be getting a folder that contains the contract and a how-to-litter-train sheet. You'll also be able to see exactly where your babies were born & raised and you'll have access to live-time breeder support.
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NEW FOR 2018: The new year allows me to change how I do things so that I can spend less time on the computer and more time working with the animals. The email-list/wait-list is a structured list of waiting clients that allows higher people on the list priority over lower clients and new inquiries. Signing up for the wait list requires clients to provide a $10 "wait list fee" which is credited toward the final cost of your rats. Wait list fees are paid by paypal and are nonrefundable. Animals will always be listed Saturday mornings, but reserving will not officially start until 7pm. I will send out a warning email to clients on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday stating that rats will be listed that Saturday. You MUST be around on the Saturdays rats are listed. Clients are responsible for contacting me within the day by email (which states their choices) by no later than 6pm. In your email, provide your first picks to last picks in number order. Also include rats you don't want at all if there are any you're not open to. An example of what your email should look like is below. If you want a video of the listed rats, please text my cell number before 6pm (631-561-7430). At 7pm, I will send out a group email to the people who provided their ordered choices. The email will state which rats will be available to you. (How to calculate the deposit due is stated below.) I'll provide directions on how to send the deposit. If your deposit is not provided by 8pm that night or I don't hear from you at all, you will lose your priority and the rest of the email/wait-list will be allowed to reserve the rats promised to you and new inquires will also be allowed to reserve them. I know this sounds complicated, but it's actually very simple! When people provide their picks in number order from most desired to least desired, I will then match people to rats based on where they are on the wait list and what the person before them wants. Not responding during reserving day will result in wait-list probation. If you don't email me within the next 7 days, you'll be removed from the wait- list which means loosing the $10 list sign up fee. Checking your email frequently is very important once you are on my email/wait list. The benefit of signing up for the list is that you're directly alerted to matches being posted soon, you in priority over those not on the email list, the application process is already out of the way, and the higher up on the email list you are the more likely you'll get your first picks. Signing up for the wait list is HIGHLY recommended!
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Here is what your email should look like:
 
"Hi. My picks are in order shown below. I want two rats still and I would prefer Bella and Kim mostly, but I am happy with the other girls too! I would prefer not to get Ari/Melanie, but I will take one of them if one is paired with one of my 5 choices. If only Ari and Melanie are what is left for me I will wait until the next litter! I do not want Daisy at all.
 
1) Bella
2) Kim
3) Luna
4) Amy
5) Lily
 
I look forward to hearing how it works out!"
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The more flexible and open you are, the more likely you'll get rats from the available litter(s). If you're first on the wait list, you are guaranteed to get your favorites.
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Deposits: will start being accepted for babies once they are at least 5 weeks old, but I may choose to hold back rats longer (Rats will not be allowed to leave until they are at least 6 weeks old). There may be babies who are not listed as available until 7+ weeks old. Deposits are about 50% of the rat’s final cost and are are nonrefundable. Deposits must be sent by paypal through the “family and friends” option. On the day you come to pick up your rats, please bring the full amount (deposit price + remaining balance) in cash. I will then refund your paypal payment! For example, if you deposited $50 on two babies with paypal, on pick up day bring the full $100 (minus wait list fee if you were on the list, so technically only $90 would be due) in cash and I will then give you a refund on paypal.  The paypal payment acts as a place holder. If you back out of the adoption, the paypal deposit is nonrefundable. There are no exceptions allowed to this.
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IMPORTANT: Babies and adults are sold in same sex pairs or more. For clarification, two is the minimum. You can get more than two of the same sex if you desire. My recommendation is to keep rats in groups of three/four. Rats are highly social animals and do best in groups.
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Price is PER rat.
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Black hooded line: $30-$55 (Males only)
Beige line: $55
Blue rex line: $60-$80
Fawn rex line: $55
Dwarf line: $70-$90+
Aussie line: $100 - $160+ *Best Line*
Aussie True Hairless: $100 - $160+ *Best line*
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Prices are NOT negotiable. A LOT of time, money, and labor goes into raising rats the way I do. These are high quality bloodlines. Not your typical feeder/pet-store rats/back-yard-breeder rats. You get what you pay for.
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If a pedigree is requested, it's an additional $10. If your rats are from different litters, it's $10 per different pedigree. You need to request pedigree(s) at least one week before the pick up date.
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Prices are subjected to change at any point. If I find a rat exceptional, but he/she doesn't have a place in my breeding program, I may price him/her higher than the price margins stated above, but I generally keep my best rats. Such rats will be labeled as breeding quality and breeding rights may be granted for them with approval. Keep in mind that even with the rat being breeder quality, they are PET ONLY, unless otherwise discussed AND a breeding-approval signature is given on your contract. If I discover that you bred your pet only rats, I will likely take legal action against your breach of contract. You'll also be blacklisted in the rat breeding community. Breeding rats should not be done unless you’re fully committed to doing so. I will not sell animals as breeders if they are not breeding quality and I will only sell rats as breeders to people who meet my breeder check list. Good breeders do not breed just for the heck of it and they will carefully select which animals make the best pair. Keep in mind that if you do breed your rats, you may not be able to rehome them. This will mean being stuck with a litter as big as 20+ babies, plus the parents, that will all depend on your care and expense. They will need hundreds of dollars in cages (males separate from females), large amounts of food, and a lot of time. Breeding is a serious decision and it’s not for the faint of heart. There will also be rats who fall below these margins. Such rats are usually priced lower due to a lower rated temperament.
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IMPORTANT: If you cannot pick up your rats the following weekend after I receive your deposit, I will charge a "holding fee" which will be an additional $10 for late pickup. This holding fee will increase as more time is required for me to hold them for delayed pickup. If you fail to pick up your rats after two weeks then I will drop the sale and you will lose your deposit. Late pickup may not always be possible.
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IMPORTANT: Starting 1/6/18, all clients MUST provide some sort of official ID during the visit, preferably a drivers license. Other accepted forms of identification are a learners permit, a college ID card, an official general state ID, or an official work ID card. This ensures you are who you say you are! 
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When I am ready to list a litter I will mark, photograph, name, and evaluate each baby. They will get a personality description, structure & color description, and a price before being placed as available. All available babies will be posted on my website only. The wait list will be alerted at least 48-24 hours prior to the babies being posted. Babies will always be posted around 10am on Saturdays.
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Appointments for pick up are scheduled either right after you make your choice of babies or 1-3 days later. You will get a full hour time-slot for picking up your rats. This means that if you show up exactly at the start of the hour, you'll have 50 minutes with me for greeting, signing the contract, meeting your new babies, buying products if you wish, and asking any questions you may have. You do not need to stay the full 50 minutes, but you're more than welcome to as long as you talk to me! Please do your best to be on time. If you arrive too early, text me and I will let you know if you can come in early.
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Adults will be available to anyone (including those not on the wait list) when there are only adults posted with no babies to pair them with. Like babies, adults most be adopted in same sex multiples (minimum 2).
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Due to the Hantaviris (Seoul virus), I can no longer take back rats who leave my rattery unless they have been tested for the virus prior to return. I cannot risk my rattery being infected. I will also no longer be taking in rescues. I apologize for any issues this may cause. There ARE some exceptions allowed though so please contact me before re-homing your rats to see if I can make an exception for your case.
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Mom's are only bred a max of 3 times with twice being typical. If bred more than once, they get a break after finishing raising each litter. The break can be as short as two weeks or as long as several months before being paired with a male again. It depends on the condition of the mother among other things. The well being of my girls is extremely important to me.
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Once rats are retired, they either stay at the rattery for the remainder of their life or they are adopted out with same sex babies or in adult same-sex pairs.
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I reserve the right to refuse an adoption for any reason. Nobody is entitled to my rats!
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I do not travel. Located in Coram, Long Island, NY. 11727
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Important info for Hamsters

My hamsters are bred for temperament and health! They are bred for genetic temperament and my hamsters are also socialized after I have my picks for keepers so that they are prepared for daily handling by their new owners. 

The new year allows me to change how I do things so that I can spend less time on the computer and more time working with the animals. The wait-list is a structured list of waiting clients that allows higher people on the list priority over lower clients and new inquiries. Signing up for the wait list requires clients to provide a $10 "wait list fee" which is credited toward the final cost of your hamster. Wait list fees are paid by paypal and are nonrefundable. Animals will always be listed Saturday mornings, but reserving will not officially start until 7pm. I will send out a warning email to clients on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday stating that hamsters will be listed that Saturday. You MUST be around on the Saturdays hamsters are listed. Clients are responsible for contacting me within the day by email (which states their choice) by no later than 6pm. In your email, provide your first pick to last pick in number order. Also include any hamsters you don't want at all if there are any you're not open to. An example of what your email should look like is below. If you want a video of the listed hamsters, please text my cell number before 6pm (631-561-7430). At 7pm, I will send out a group email to the people who provided their ordered choices. The email will state which hamster will be available to you. (How to calculate the deposit due is stated below.) I'll provide directions on how to send the deposit. If your deposit is not provided by 8pm that night or I don't hear from you at, you will lose your priority and the rest of the wait-list will be allowed to reserve the hamster promised to you and new inquires will also be allowed to reserve him/her. I know this sounds complicated, but it's actually very simple! When people provide their pick in number order from most desired to least desired, I will then match people to a hamster based on where they are on the wait list and what the client wants. Those higher on the list get priority over lower people. Not responding during reserving day will result in wait-list probation. If you don't email me within the next 72 hours, you'll be removed from the wait- list which means loosing the $10 list sign up fee. Checking your email frequently is very important once you are on my email/wait list. The benefit of signing up for the list is that you're directly alerted to a litter being posted soon, you are in priority over those not on the email list, the application process is already out of the way, and the higher up on the email list you are the more likely you'll get your first picks. Signing up for the wait list is HIGHLY recommended!
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When I have a hamster litter available to you and it's time for reservations, here is what your email should look like:
 
"Hi. My picks are in order shown below. I want one hamster still and I would prefer Bella or Kim mostly, but I am happy with any of the other girls too! I would prefer not to get Ari or Melanie. I do not want Daisy at all.
 
1) Bella
2) Kim
3) Luna
4) Amy
5) Lily
 
I look forward to hearing which hamster I am matched to!"
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The more flexible and open you are, the more likely you'll get a hamster from the available litter(s). If you're first on the wait list, you will get your first choice.
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Price is PER hamster. 
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Syrians: $25-$80
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Most Syrians fall between the range of $50-$70. Syrians are sold as singles or same sex pairs. If you would like a pair,  you must agree to keep them in separate cages.
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Deposits are used to hold your hamster. They are paid by paypal. Deposits are 50% of the hamster's fee. Deposits act as a place holder! They are refunded after your visit and the full amount for the hamster is due in cash during your appointment for pickup. If you deposit on a hamster and then back out of getting the hamster, the deposit in non-refundable.
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Hamsters are sold as PET ONLY unless otherwise discussed. If I discover that you bred your pet only hamster(s), I will likely take legal action against your breach of contract. Breeding hamsters should not be done unless you’re fully committed to doing so. I will not sell animals as breeders if are not breeding quality and you must meet a check list for buying breeding stock . Good breeders do not breed just for the heck of it and they will carefully select which animals make the best pair. Keep in mind that if you do breed your hamsters, you may not be able to rehome them. This will mean being stuck with a litter as big as 20+ babies, plus the parents, that will all depend on your care and expense. They will need hundreds of dollars in cages (every single hamster in a separate cage once older than 8 weeks), large amounts of food, and a lot of time. Hamsters are also prone to killing and eating their babies which makes them difficult to raise.  Breeding is a serious decision and it’s not for the faint of heart.
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IMPORTANT: Starting 1/6/18, all clients MUST provide some sort of official ID during the visit, preferably a drivers license. Other accepted forms of identification are a learners permit, a college ID card, an official general state ID, or an official work ID card. This ensures you are who you say you are! 
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If you get a hamster from me, I require you to agree that your hamster will be allowed at least 3 full days to settle in before ANY regular handling. Hamsters can stress easily and stress can kill. I do my best to breed the best animals to ensure they don't stress too easily, but hamsters have that tendency.
 
If you ever need to rehome your hamster I require you return him/her to me! I will not offer a refund, but I will ensure he/she finds a good new home or stays with me until he/she passes away of old age. Your hamster's cage and supplies may need to be provided and donated upon return.

Important info for Short Tailed Opossums

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My STOs are generally sold as singles only. If you want a same sex pair, you must provide strong proof of two complete, separate cages for them. They are sold under a PET ONLY contract unless otherwise discussed AND a breeding approval signature is provided on your contract. STOs are very difficult to breed and breeding is a very serious decision.

STOs available summer 2018.

I operate off an wait list. To sign up, I require a $10 email list fee which is credited to your eventual STO baby. An adoption application must be completed and provided for email list sign ups or those interested in available babies. To learn more about the wait list, read the hamster info section.

When I have available baby STOs, they will be posted on a Saturday morning. If you're on my wait list, you will be alerted to this.

STO babies come with a one year health guarantee and a guarantee that they will be free of illness for 2 full weeks after leaving my home.

Price is PER opossum

Retired adults: TBD

Babies and Juveniles: TBD

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

IMPORTANT: Starting 1/6/18, all clients MUST provide some sort of official ID during the visit, preferably a drivers license. Other accepted forms of identification are a learners permit, a college ID card, an official general state ID, or an official work ID card. This ensure that you are who you say you are!