I am very happy to introduce the second Milliways litter. They are 11 days old and very chubby. We have 3 SF does and one champagne buck – all top ears. Awkward was a bit of a vague mum to begin with, and as there were only 4 surviving kittens I wanted to wait until I was sure they were OK before I announced anything…
I am very excited to announce that plans are afoot for the start of the Milliways striped roan line!
Gallifrey Tidy-Up and Warrensark Magic will be going to Halcyon Stud during May to be mated up to Raglan & Foo (Agouti bucks). These first litters will not contain any roan rats, but they will all be carriers. I can then use these rats to breed the first Milliways striped roans.
Watch this space for updates on how these plans continue.
The Girls go exploring
See the Milliways ladies explore their new rat room. I think they are trying to see who can climb as high as possible…….
I would like to apologise for any delay in response if you have contacted us recently. We are currently in the process of moving house, so there is a lot going on! Please bear with me, and I will get round to answering my emails as soon as possible.
We are staying in the Southampton area, but moving to a larger house. I am really looking forward in having a room set up just for the rats! Once we are in, and it is all sorted, I will post some pictures of the rat’s new accommodation. 🙂
I am sorry to announce that Random was not pregnant as we thought, and so there will be no kittens at Milliways for a while now. I am planning on trying her with Adam again and will see how it goes. However, if she does not take the second time I will rethink as to what I want to do with the Silver Fawn/Champagne line.
Tidy-Up, Mess & Magic are now 5 and 4 months old respectively and growing up nicely, so I will start having a think about which of them to breed from and find some suitable bucks. Once I come to any conclusions I will update on here.
Jamie went on a little holiday yesterday to stay with Michele at Comis Stud. He will be mated to Sansa again, as she is looking very well and they produced wonderful kittens from their first litter. He should be back with us soon, but we are missing him already!
I have also decided to mate up Random to Adam next weekend. They are both looking really good, and I believe she is now mature enough to cope with a litter. With any luck, this should mean kittens mid-March. I will keep the website up to date with any more news on this.
We had another great show day on Saturday at Eltham. It was a slightly quieter show than usual due to the horrible weather conditions, but nonetheless it was still lovely to see lots of friends and I also got the opportunity to steward for the Varieties judge which is always a great learning experience.
We took nine rats to enter this time – 8 in varieties and one in pets. Stop-It gave the pet judge kisses and in return was given 3rd adult owned pet. 🙂 She also loved seeing all the people and made lots of new friends! All the others did me proud as well, and we came home with best champagne (Awkward), best self (Awkward), best roan/striped roan (Tidy-Up) and stud buck (Adam). We also got four stars on three rats; Awkward got two taking her to 4, Tidy-Up got her first one and Adam got one which takes him to 8 and a Silver Champion!
Everybody was exhausted when we got home, but were treated to a special dinner of mackerel and cous cous, so I think they all had a great day!
There was more success for Milliway’s rats at the Bradford Championships on 25th January. Milliways Twinkle Toes came 2nd AOV, and Milliways Tinkerbell was best AOV dumbo, best dumbo and 2nd in the supreme challenge, giving her Reserve Best in Show! Both these girls went to live with Michele at Comis Stud and are doing us both proud!
As Sansa (mum to our first litter) produced such lovely kittens, and has retained wonderful condition (4th overall at Bradford Champs on Saturday), Michele has decided to repeat the mating with our Jamie. He will be going for a short visit in February, and we hope the outcome is as successful as last time! Also, we are still planning on mating up Random to Adam, but have decided to postpone this until early March when she is 6 months old. This would mean kittens would not be ready for homing until late May, but we will keep the website updated with any new information.
Happy 2nd Birthday Zappa Brian! You are such a lovely old man, even you can be a little grumpy at times. I will be making you a cupcake today to celebrate. It’s a pity that your brother, Freddie, could not make it this far to join you. Thank you to Fiona at Zappa Stud for giving me such a handsome boy.