The easiest way to tell when animals become available is to like and follow my Facebook page. I’ll post litter updates their and once they are ready for reservations a link to this website will be posted with details about each animal (gender, age, personality). All available animals will be posted to the website, so if you see nothing listed, unfortunately nothing is currently available. Check back soon!

Each animal up for adoption will have a price clearly marked. Older retired breeders will be a little bit cheaper than babies, and each species has it’s own price.

Generally, pricing is as follows:
Rats – $40/pair
Mice – $10/pair, $12/trio
ASF – $15/trio ($15 for two female ASF + 1 male mouse as well)
Spiny Mice – $20/pair

Short answer? No. All the small mammals I breed are highly social creatures and CANNOT be housed alone. Even if you currently have other animals of the same species, it’s easier for new animals to be introduced if they have a familiar buddy to hang out with.

No, Tallgrass Rattery (and most others) is a Closed Rattery meaning we do not allow members of the public inside. This is not because we have anything to hide, but to help prevent the spread of disease. There are so many illnesses that rats are susceptible to that the risk of letting in people (especially those who probably already have rodents) is simply too high. Entire ratteries have been wiped out because of diseases in the past and we work hard to keep our animals healthy!

This also means that no, you may not come in to pick out your new pet out of a group of animals. I can take pictures and videos showing temperament, but I cannot bring several animals out without knowing who will be adopted. Anyone not picked would have to go through a quarantine process when brought back which delays adoption.

Our guarantee to you is that every animal that leaves the rattery will have a great, friendly temperament. All we ask is that this animal be kept in a loving home for it’s all too short life. If you are unable to keep your pet for any reason, please reach out to us! We should be able to take the animal back or at least help in rehoming.

Yes, all new animals coming into your house should always be quarantined to the best of your abilities. Ideally a quarantine should involve separate air spaces and changing clothes and showering between handling animals in and out of quarantine. Should quarantine not be followed, any health guarantees are void.

Firstly, I highly recommend anyone considering getting a small mammal of any kind already have an exotic vet lined up. Call around and make sure that they know how to treat whatever species you are interested in getting. Most vet clinics do not have a specialized small mammal vet tech, and will refuse to see your pet. Just like it is important to set aside an emergency vet fund for a dog or cat, your new small mammal also needs a vet fund! That said, my lines have been tumor free and very healthy for a long time. “New home sniffles” are common as they adjust to a new environment, but if this does not clear up within a few days I recommend a vet visit.

If an animal has a non-life-threatening condition (either from this rattery or elsewhere) that you would like to take pictures/video of and send to TGR we are always open to advice. Many small scrapes will heal up fine as long as they are kept clean.

Please make sure to visit the species specific pages and read the information there. If you still have a question, feel free to reach out!

Nope! It actually offers superior ammonia control when compared to other beddings (especially fleece!). There’s a lot of misinformation out there saying that pine/aspen has dangerous chemicals that harm animals but it’s simply not true. Breathing in ammonia constantly however is extremely dangerous. If your animals/cage smell like pee, try cleaning more frequently or changing up your bedding type. Pine will always remain TGR’s first choice in bedding. If you are allergic to pine you could try aspen shavings instead, as many people find that fixes the problem.

Here are some scientific studies for you:
Evaluation of cage micro-environment of mice housed on various types of bedding materials.
Possible carcinogenic effects of cedar shavings in bedding of C3H-Avy fB mice. 
Evaluation of perlite, wood shavings and corncobs for bedding material in rats.

 

We do not ship at this time, but can sometimes arrange delivery for a flat mileage rate. I often go to Tulsa, OK to visit family but that is as far south as I will travel. Within an hour of Wichita is generally fairly easy to set up. Just reach out and we can talk!

The nonrefundable down-payment ensures that only people who are serious about adopting reserve an animal. It sucks for the animals, other adopters, and me when people reserve an animal and then disappear. The down-payment also helps with the cost of feeding your animal during the two week pick-up window and, should you be unable to pick them up, the costs of finding a new home

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