details of our future breeding plans

If you are interested in reserving any kittens from these planned litters, please email Mary at cyber_ratty@yahoo.co.uk
Note that kittens would normally be ready for homing roughly 11 or 12 weeks after the mating has taken place, but where restrictions relating to covid-19 apply, homing may be significantly later on.

The following outline plans are tentative, and may change depending on the outcome of previous litters, and on the development, availability, and cooperation of the rats involved!
last updated: 16/04/21

Please note that my current litters are all spoken for, as are a lot of future litters,
so new joiners to my waiting list should expect to wait until the Autumn.


2021
Main Line: (A = american, H = havana, Q = quicksilver, S = silken)

matings that have taken place:
-   -   -   S 2021-JAN: a litter for the silken line. Zephyr Lady Jane (agouti) will be mated with Zephyr Gary Barlow (dominant chocolate silken).
Expecting black, agouti, chocolate, and chocolate agouti, possibly also some american mink and cinnamon, possibly some dumbo, some silken.
progress: 01/04/21 mated, litter due 24/04/21
15/04/21 all looking good
-   -   Q   - 2021-HAZ: a litter for the quicksilver line. Zephyr Hazy Shade of Winter (chocolate quicksilver) will be mated with Zephyr C Moon (quicksilver).
Expecting quicksilver.
progress: 07/04/21 mated, litter due 30/04/21
15/04/21 no weight gained, I'm not convinced she is pregnant
-   -   Q   - 2021-GEM: a litter for the quicksilver line. Zephyr Gemini Moon (quicksilver) will be mated with Zephyr Fernando (american mink).
Expecting american mink and quicksilver, some dumbo.
progress: 10/02/21 mated, litter due 05/03/21
22/02/21 back in season, remated, litter due 17/03/21
08/03/21 back in season so I fear Fernando may be infertile, mated with Zephyr C Moon (quicksilver), litter now due 31/03/21 and expecting quicksilver, some dumbo
20/03/21 I'm not convinced that Gem is pregnant, we will retry if necessary
30/03/21 Gem seems to have swelled over the past couple of days, so hoping for a few babies after all
31/03/21 no babies, I think she'd just had a good meal... she will be mated again, this time with Zephyr Quicksilver Sunbeam (quicksilver agouti)
07/04/21 mated with Sunbeam, if successful their litter will include quicksilver and quicksilver agouti, some dumbo, due 30/04/21
15/04/21 no weight gained, I'm not convinced she is pregnant
-   -   Q   - 2021-LAU: a litter for the quicksilver line. Zephyr Laura (american mink) will be mated with Zephyr C Moon (quicksilver).
Expecting american mink and quicksilver, some dumbo.
progress: 20/03/21 mated, litter due 12/04/21 (due to concerns about possible infertility in the bucks, Laura spent the night with all 3 bothers: Fernando, C Moon, and Quicksilver Sunbeam to maximise the chance of a litter)
06/04/21 unfortunately I don't think Laura is pregnant, but we will try again with a different buck, probably Zephyr Frosty the Snowman (dilute quicksilver agouti), if she comes back into season
15/04/21 mated with Frosty, litter due 08/05/21, expecting american mink, american cinnamnon, quicksilver, quicksilver agouti, some paler than standard, very small chance of platinum and platinum agouti

matings planned for later in the year:
A   -   -   - 2021-JAN2: a possible litter for the american line. If she coped well with her first litter, Zephyr Lady Jane (agouti) will be mated with a suitable buck, possibly Zephyr Floy Joy (american mink).
Aiming for black, agouti, and hopefully also american mink and american cinnamon.
-   -   Q   - 2021-ICE2: a litter for the quicksilver line. Zephyr Ice (dilute quicksilver agouti) will be mated with Zephyr C Moon (quicksilver).
Expecting quicksilver and dilute quicksilver.
-   -   -   - 2021-chestnut: several test litters for chestnut with rats from 2020-SEC, pairings may depend on the outcome of 2021-SEC2.
Hoping to isolate any recessive genes involved in Chestnut, and also learn more about whatever dominant genes are present.
-   -   -   S 2021-ADE: a litter for the silken line. Zephyr Adele (agouti silken) will be mated with either Zephyr Michael Buble or Zephyr Eminem (both american cinnamon silken from 2020-SCA2).
Expecting black, agouti, american mink, and american cinnamon, some silken.
-   -   -   S 2021-TAY: a litter for the silken line. Zephyr Taylor Swift (agouti silken) will be mated with either Zephyr Jarvis Cocker or Zephyr Robbie Williams (both chocolate agouti silken).
Expecting chocolate agouti, possibly also chocolate, possibly also agouti and black, some silken.
-   -   -   - 2021-essex: a possible litter for essex depending on the outcome of an earlier litter for Ellfin Stud sired by Blazin'. An american cinnamon doe will be mated with Zephyr Blazin' Squad (agouti blazed essex).
Expecting agouti and american cinnamon, possibly also black and american mink, some essex.
-   -   -   - 2021-essex: a litter for essex. An american cinnamon doe (possibly Zephyr Kayleigh if she copes well with her first litter) will be mated with Zephyr Mud (chocolate american cinnamon essex dumbo).
Expecting american cinnamon, possibly also american mink, some essex.
-   -   Q   - 2021-quicksilver: two or three litters for the quicksilver line with does from the early 2021 litters.
Aiming for american mink and quicksilver.
-   H   -   - 2021-havana: two litters for the havana line with does from the early 2021 litters.
Aiming for chocolate american mink, chocolate american cinnamon, havana, and havana agouti.
A   -   -   - 2021-american: some litters for the american line with does from the early 2021 litters.
Aiming for black, agouti, american mink, and american cinnanon.
-   -   -   - 2021-double mink: a pair from 2021-JAD will be mated together.
Aiming for double mink.