Well, after having Darcy, Jekyll and Hyde on my lap all morning and a good portion of the afternoon, I think Darcy has finally realised that the other boys aren't going to eat him. It must be scary for him, though - he is barely 8 inches long, if that, and only weighs 380g. Jekyll and Hyde are about 4 inches longer and both weigh more than 620g. No wonder he is still a bit nervous in the cage. He's very sweet to humans, but so unsure about rats, since he's been living alone for 2 years.
On that note, Jekyll and Hyde have lost so much weight recently. All of my boys have lost some on this new diet, which is good, but 6 months ago Hyde weighed 200 grams more than he does now. Proof that my precious boy is getting old. :( I want to get 3 years out of them, though - I can't imagine life without my squishy man.
Darcy got a quick check whilst I was at the vet yesterday and he is in amazing health. Extremely sprightly - you'd never know he was only a few months younger than Jekyll and Hyde.
I should probably post their nicknames, because it is a massive effort calling them by their proper names all the time:
Jekyll = Belly, JekyllBelly, BellyBoo, Boo, Bubble, Jellybelly, JellyBekyll
Hyde = Fatman, Smoosh, Blob
Richelieu = Squishelieu, Squishy, Squishlet (many variations of Squish, basically), the Squirmese Python, pliable one
D'Artagnan = Darty, Chachypoo, Dartypoo, Darty-darling, My Little Gentleman
Willoughby = Willow, Squillow, Squibbly, Squibbles, Wibbly, Wibbly-wobbly-woo, Squirrel, Pillowby, Webbles, Webbley
Darcy doesn't have any nicknames yet, but I'm sure they will come.
I feel rather guilty - in the flurry of new-rat-ness and with all the pressure of assignments, I have been rather neglecting my poor fish. Odysseus has been two weeks without a water change and the girls have gone a week. I put some Prime in the tank today as a temporary measure, but I must clean it ASAP. I also haven't been keeping the Pesticles' (that's Richelieu and Darty, and sometimes Wibbley) half of the cage as clean as I should. I am supposd to clean it every day and I've just had so much work lately that I've done it every second day at best. :( I did a big clean today, though.
I'm cooking tonight - Roast Vegetable and Couscous salad followed by Cranberry Cinnamon Poached Pears. :D