East Coast Rattery (ECOR) is a (very) small scale PET ONLY hobby rat breeder existing to extend lifespan, increasing health, and improving temperament in working with the Silvermane, Marble, Marten, and dwarf rats. We are located in Western Massachusetts near Northampton. During and beyond my undergraduate degree, I took courses such as Evolutionary Genetics, Biology of Microorganisms, Animal Science, and Plant Genetics. I plan on using information gained from my coursework and research to selectively breed the healthiest, longest lived rats I have and can get, based on my personal standards derived from my studies.
Please understand that my rats are my babies. They are kept in the best conditions and fed what I consider to be one of the healthiest diets. I breed solely for my own goals of extending lifespan, improving health, and optimal temperament. My rats are my children. Each one knows his or her name and gets individual, outside bonding time with me daily. I am bonded to each and every one of them, and this includes the babies I breed. Pairings are carefully selected with the healthiest, friendliest rats I have. I prefer my females to be at least six months old at the time of breeding (to ensure they have been problem free – even one URI or other health/temperament issue and they are disqualified from my breeding program unless it is a special circumstance, which will be noted and will be first priority when selecting pairings for next generations) and males can be as old as possible as long as still healthy, to drastically increase lifespan. It is paramount available rats get the best homes possible. That being said, I do not breed based on request or need and do not breed often. I breed each female a maximum of two times during their lifespan. I only have a few females.
ECOR is an AFRMA registered breeder. However, we do not show rats since our goal is to focus on lifespan, health, and temperament, and not on “show standard” comformation, color, or markings.
Males live in one Double Critter Nation (DCN) and females live in another DCN. They get healthy treats, supplements, homemade food mixes, mental stimulation, and love daily.