Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twas The Night Before....

      Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. That is quite a feat, for this house! I thought, in  celebration of this being my 20th post and it being Christmas eve, I should give you an updated pets list. Enjoy!

The Menagerie Part (updated)

Fish/Amphibians

Fishy, our goldfish
Colin, our twintail goldfish
Starbuck & Blaze, our two koi, which I think are male and female
Shadowflag, My very first betta fish
Arthur & Gwenny, my male and female betta fish
Jerry, my African dwarf frog

Mammals

Zoe, our almost 10 year old black lab
Ruby, My ruby eyed, champagne hooded pet rat
Pearl, My black hooded rat with a speckled back, and a white star on her forehead
Onyx, My tuxedo pet rat, all black except for her feet and stomach, which are all black

Birds

Runner, our oldest duck
Leroy, one of our duck hens
Dragon, another duck hen
Taru, our drake
Illya, one of our new duck hens
Daisy, our other new duck hen
M&M, our oldest rooster
Emily, our misnamed, home hatched rooster
Mama hen, one of our two original hens
Frisky, our other original hen
Jenna, our only full sized hen
Sugar, one of our home hatched hens
Sunflower, our other home hatched hen
Hazel, a home hatched rooster
Crackerjack, another home hatched rooster

In memory of

Vermicelli, our old rat, who passed away in August
Pepita, our hen, who was attacked by a hawk last week
And Bandy, our rooster, who was also attacked by a hawk the day before Thanksgiving


Hope you enjoyed that, and have a very Merry Christmas!
-Amelia
Red berries.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Almost Christmas...

     It is almost Christmas, as in only four more days until, and as most people experience around this time, I am quite busy trying to get presents bought/made for my family. Apart from the snow flurries a few days ago, it feels quite warm, and although I would normally love it, it is always nice to have some snow in the winter. I actually remember a few years ago, we were getting off for summer break at my homeschool co-op, and while we were having a party inside, it snowed two feet. When we were getting off for the SUMMER. Anyways, I am excited and a bit stressed about Christmas. The rats have been "helping" wrap things, as in running through empty cardboard tubes, trying to play hide and seek. I have been making hammocks, although sadly, I did not get an etsy account, or I would be selling them. My rats like their full size cube hammock the most, and sleep under, in, and on top of it. They are disappointed I am washing all their fleece right now, but they can just deal with it. Today is my last day of school, and I am very excited about the break. We are frosting our Christmas cake today, and I will be making gingerbread houses, as well. Well, that pretty much sums it up! Here are some pictures.
Onyx, being cute.

Hot chocolate in my giant mug.

Homemade chocolate.

A monarch butterfly on Mom's hand.




Thursday, December 17, 2015

Updates on Life


     Hi people, well, the rats have grown, the new ducks are being a bit more social, and it is almost Christmas! Yes, I have more pictures of the rats, and I have some pictures of the new ducks, as well. And, even some of the Christmas tree! I actually have a lot of things to say right now. One is that I have successfully litter trained one of my rats, and maybe another. Still working on Pearl, but Ruby is fully litter trained, and actually went out of her cubby where she loves hang out to use the litter box. I am one proud mama. It took less than a week, and she was not really thrilled with the box at first, unlike Onyx. Onyx, as soon as I put the box in, jumped in and tried the litter, to see if it was edible. It apparently was not, and she spat it out with disgust. She still likes it, and she has used it a few times, but not consistently. I have also lined the cage with fleece and they really like the soft fabric on top of the cold, hard wires. I have made sooooooooo many hammocks, I think over ten, and the rats love them, even though thet think that they should not be hung up, and will not go in them unless they are on the ground. Anyways, I have also started drawing mandalas, which are really cool pattern drawings. I have a few pyramid hamster hammocks for sale, they are very small, though, and they come in a light pink/ dark pink, and a red/grey pyramid hammock. $3 each, and if you want, I can make cube hammocks the same size for $4. Ok, enough with the talk, on to pictures.

The litter box.

A lotus mandala I drew.

Side view of the cage. The bottom floor is red fleece, the shelf is pink.

The rat's food mix.
Daisy the duck is at the top right.


Top view of  a corner.

Top view of the whole cage.
A pink fleece lined shelf. 
Top view of the cube hammock.




Friday, December 11, 2015

Celebrating (almost) 6 months of Amelia's Menagerie

     On December 14, I will be celebrating exactly 6 months of this blog. This will be my seventeenth post in six months, and on the actual date I will write another post, making an average of three posts a month. I have really enjoyed writing this blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Okay, now my sweet, sentimental part is over, and it is time to get a bit less formal. Pictures! Oh, and by the way, these cuties are 7 1/2 weeks old.
Ruby and Pearl.

Onyx being cute, as always.

White elephant awesome!
    Also, I have started making adorable rat hammocks and hidy tubes, which will have pictures of them soon, and I will be selling them soon. My ratties love them! They are also great for any small animal, such as hamsters, mice, gerbils, etc. So, if you are interested, please ask, and I can make one for a few dollars, just because I went and bought new fleece, and they take a bit of time to make. All the best,
Amelia

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Rats!

      Guys, I cannot do suspense, fancy intros, etc.,etc. You probably know that. So, I will just get straight to the point. Anthea, my sister, got me some adorable baby rats for Christmas. I know, it is early, but they are adorable, and I am teaching some of friends to take care of rats, so Mom, Dad, and Anthea surprised me with these cuties early, to help teach our friends how to care for rats. The cutie's names are Onyx, Ruby and Pearl. They are super friendly, and do not bite at all, at least not yet. Actually, as I am writing this, Onyx is sitting on my shoulder. She is black except her feet are white and she has a stripe all the way up her tummy. Ruby is named because of her eyes, which are magnificently beautiful. They actually do not creep any of us out at all. Pearl is a black hooded rat with a star on her forehead and spots all down her back. She is timid, but loves to run up and down your arms. Ok, enough of that, here are some pictures of the cuties.


   
Their travel cage that they are in at the moment

Pearl and Ruby.



Onyx

A furry nose. 
The newest trend, sleeve hammock!