January 2018: dam - Rivendell Elleth (black)
sire - Zephyr Bo Diddley (chocolate irish silvermane)

litter 2018-ELL : A litter in the silvermane line to test whether Diddley is UK chocolate or a different dominant chocolate.
Expecting black, some irish, some silvermane, possibly also some dominant chocolate.

Elleth
Diddley
(in the cold!)
details: 26th December - mated, kittens due 18th January
16th January - moved into the nursery cage, having gained about 60g (assuming my scales were right!)
18th January - 16 kittens born early morning or overnight
28th January - the litter does indeed contain chocolates, so these will be a dominant chocolate gene. There is also one kitten who appears to have a non standard coat type, possibly satin. None have clear irish markings, but some will probably have a few white hairs somewhere to go with their white hands.
buck 1 - dominant chocolate satin silvermane
bucks 2,3 - dominant chocolate silvermane
bucks 4,5 - dominant chocolate
buck 6 - black silvermane
buck 7 - black

does 1,2,3,4 - dominant chocolate silvermane
does 5,6 - dominant chocolate
does 7,8,9 - black silvermane
Click here for the family tree.
Note that these kittens will not be available to homes who are new to rats due to the unpredictability in how they will turn out.

17/01/18: 22 days pregnant, Elleth has built a fabulous nest


18/01/18: a few hours old


21/01/18: 3 days old - looking like there are at least two shades, so we either have dominant chocolate, or there are some unexpected recessives in the mix


24/01/18: 6 days old

the bucks
the does

27/01/18: 9 days old, the litter palette: dominant chocolate, and black


28/01/18: 10 days old

the black bucks
the chocolate bucks
the black does
the chocolate does
buck 1, with the odd coat



30/01/18: 12 days old

the silvermanes
the other kittens

02/02/18: 15 days old, free range toddling with mum


30/01/18: 12 days old

the bucks
buck 1

buck 2

buck 3

buck 4

buck 5

buck 6

buck 7

the does
doe 1

doe 2

doe 3

doe 4

doe 5

doe 6

doe 7

doe 8

doe 9


10/02/18: 23 days old


13/02/18: 26 days old, tails now marked with sharpie pens to identify individuals

buck 1

buck 2

buck 3

buck 4

buck 5

buck 6

buck 7

doe 1

doe 2

doe 3

doe 4

doe 5

doe 6

doe 7

doe 8

doe 9


15/02/18: 4 weeks old, enjoying their new home in the top half of an explorer


21/02/18: 34 days old

buck 1

buck 2

buck 3

buck 4

buck 5

buck 6

buck 7

doe 1

doe 2

doe 3

doe 4

doe 5

doe 6

doe 7

doe 8

doe 9


27/02/18: 40 days old

the silvermane bucks
the other bucks
the chocolate silvermane does

the other chocolate does
the black silvermane does

05/03/18: 46 days old

buck 1

buck 2

buck 3

buck 4

buck 5

buck 6

buck 7

doe 1

doe 2

doe 3

doe 4

doe 5

doe 6

doe 7

doe 8

doe 9


13/03/18: 56 days old (the other bucks have already left)

buck 1

buck 5

doe 1

doe 2

doe 3

doe 4

doe 5

doe 6

doe 7

doe 8

doe 9



From this litter I will be keeping buck 1 (Donovan) in order to monitor how the satin and silvermane genes interact, buck 5 (Mick Jagger) and doe 6 (Marianne Faithful) to preserve dominant chocolate, and also doe 1 (Cher) for her silvermane coat.