View Full Version : Rat chow dust

05-19-2009, 01:02 AM
Rodent food here in NYC costs a small fortune. I pick up Massuers rodent lab blocks and the cost is over 35 dollars for a #50 bag :-( I have been saving the "shake" from the bottom of the bags, and I now have maybe 6 pounds of it. Any suggestions how I can reconstitute it into something solid I can use to feed in the lab cage hopper? Hate to see it go to waste.

05-19-2009, 02:53 AM
omg. like seriously 35?! for how much? they sell 2 lbs bags here for like 4 dollars + some change

here are some links that may help:

Rat Supplies (http://www.westcoastpetsupply.com/1/rat-supplies/)
The Rat Shop - TheRatShop.com (http://www.theratshop.com/shop/)
Zeigler Rat & Mouse Monster Diet Provides a Balanced Diet for Your Pet (http://www.bigappleherp.com/Zeigler-Rat-Mouse-Monster-Diets?sc=19&category=8244)

hope this helps, if it don't lol I suppose I could buy a couple extra bags and send em your way ;P

also (coming from the mouth of a rat owner) you don't just have to feed rodent food, dog food works great as well, and rats always love fresh fruits and veggies, even a little meat every now and again is ok, the only thing to really stay away from is dairy products (many rats are lactose intolerant and you will regret it lol) our rats usually get 6 feeder cubes a day along with fruit, veggies, a couple pieces of dog food, (on occasions some chocolate)

If you are planning on keeping the rat as a breeder and not a feeder give it different stuff, because speaking from personal experince rats make great pets. I have 5 pet rats along with my tegu. ;P

05-19-2009, 11:44 AM
I can't imagine that homemade would be cheaper, but this was a fun link:

Homemade Rat Diets (http://hubpages.com/hub/Homemade-Rat-Diets)

Definitely directed toward pet rats.

The only thing I could think of to do with your crumbs would be to add water to make a sort of thick batter. Form them into blocks and then bake at 300 until they harden. It's like making dog biscuits.

GourmetSleuth - Dog Treats Recipes (http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/recipe_dogbiscuit.htm#Basic%20Dog%20Biscuits)
Check out these different recipes and see if any of them can help you out.

05-19-2009, 02:19 PM
That's a $1.42 a pound for your 50lb bags, not a bad deal if you ask me. Obviously the 2lb bags for $4 is not a better deal so I wouldn't go there. But if you want to use the dust so it doesn't just go to waste since you get a steady supply of it anyways, I would look on some websites, maybe like what LaurarFL put up. Find a decent sticky medium that is nutritionally okay for rats, and use it to compack them into small cubes or whatever shape would please you. Example, peanut butter would work well, but I don't think peanut butter would be good to feed to the rats. so you'd have to find something else similar.

Good luck, good idea to save money! Let us know what you come up with!

05-19-2009, 03:22 PM
oh ok, you ment lbs. instead of number. I thought you said you got a number 50 bag, not a 50 lbs. that isn't bad at all. lmfao i feel like an idiot. I was like wtf is a number 50 bag?

05-19-2009, 05:53 PM
well, for those not in the know, the "#" symbol, although known to the layman as the "number sign", is also referred to as the "pound sign".

I don't know how well you could reconstitute the powder into edible food for your rats, but I used to use that powder for feeding to crickets, locusts, and other bugs.

05-26-2009, 11:52 PM
That's a good idea....bug food! I never thought of that one!

05-28-2009, 08:41 PM
:cry: Sorry to be so tardy with a reply, but thanks to all of you for kicking in ideas.
I keep a bunch of herps who do some occassional breeding, and so I try to delude myself into thinking that overall I'm breaking even. When my last trip to Agway for rodent supplies came in at over $250., I realized reality is intruding on my fantasy world in a big way. These animals better get frisky this year or I'm gonna have to thin the herd.
I like Laurarfl's idea for adding water to make a batter. I bet if I start with flour I can cook up some kind of biscuit that they will like and it should work well in the food hopper in the cages.
I've used the dust as mealworm bedding/food, but I find oat bran works better and is cheap enough.
Well, off to the kitchen for me. I'll let you know how it turns out.8)