August 29, 2007
My rats went pea fishing yesterday during free-range time. Pea fishing involves shallowly fillling a dish with water and adding peas. I don’t think it matters if they’re cooked or not, but mine get defrosted peas. It’s a good idea to use a heavy dish, or if you use a plastic one, put some pebbles or something heavy in it, so the rats don’t tip it over. Most rats love fishing for peas. It’s brilliant watching them. Some perch delicately on the side and daintily take peas out the water, others wade right in and sit in the bowl and eat them.
My six were all quite ladylike. Treacle is the bravest, she will put her front feet in and paddle, while Tinkerbell got her feet wet, then ran away! Pepper, surprisingly, took a while to figure it out and just went round picking up the peas the others had abandoned. The worst thing about pea fishing is the rats eat the middle of the peas and leave the shells lying around the carpet, at which point Steve moans that there are ‘peas everywhere’. It’s great fun, i’d suggest if you haven’t tried it before, then try it.