It’s been a bit odd since Radar left us. Hawkeye still has his bachelor pad in the top half of the Explorer, with the girls downstairs, but we have regular playdates so he gets his ears washed and pursues Bitesize round and round the bed. These encounters are rather mixed in atmosphere, and the one who seems least happy about the whole thing is Bitesize, perhaps not surprisingly.
We decided to start keeping an eye out for girls in need of homes, thinking that if Bitesize didn’t get on with Hawkeye she might be better off with a couple of youngsters to boss around. Hawkeye and Pinch seem to be fine together, so if need be they share a cage and Bitesize gets her own new cagemates. I came across a breeder with two girls looking for a home and we set everything in motion. We are collecting the new girls from a rat show next Saturday – one is black Irish and the other is agouti Berkshire, and we haven’t decided on names yet.
So the first playdate after arranging to have these girls was fantastic, and everyone got on fine – no aggro, no sulking or hiding on Bitesize’s part – and the next one was the complete opposite with Hawkeye apparently annoying the hell out of both girls equally. At this rate I think we will intro the new girls to Pinch and Bitesize, and leave Hawkeye in his own space. He can still see Pinch and Bitesize at playtimes, but the young girls will probably annoy him (or he’ll upset them).
We’ll see how it all goes, and may swap around again once the new girls have settled in. I wouldn’t like Hawkeye to be on his own indefinitely, but I don’t want the girls to be unhappy and I think Bitesize would be if we put them together.