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I think the key not to getting bitten when they are expecting food and see your finger is to always approach with a pellet in hand. I'm going to try this this morning and see if I have better luck. otherwise I'm going to have to start feeding them with welders gloves or something.

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agoraphiliac
Dec. 22nd, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Whom are you feeding?

is this an allegory?
eriktrips
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
nothing so fancy as that. just a bunch of rats who are otherwise quite friendly.
altamira16
Dec. 23rd, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
The key is to not feed rats through the bars of their cages. They learn to expect food if you do that. I would often take them out and pet them and let them run around while I refilled their food dish. I know this may not be the best bet in a house full of rats. But in general, I did not hand feed them and discouraged others from doing the same.
eriktrips
Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
those are probably all good ideas. since these are sandy's rats or rather since she is their caretaker most of the time I don't really have much input as to behavioral strategies. our pets won't bite, but the fosters occasionally do and it seems they mistake my finger for food as they are not unfriendly once you get them out and about.

so for now it's pellet first into the cage.
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