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 Post subject: Solar rat defroster
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2009, 19:20 
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Not a breeding project but I haven't seen anyone else doing this.
I put this together a couple years ago, on top of an old eight foot stock tank. Faced south, I can defrost over eighty xx large rats at a whack on this thing. In the weak November sun, this 300 gram rat took a couple hours.

I have to watch carefully during stronger sun as the rats can easily get overdone if left out too long..


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 Post subject: Re: Solar rat defroster
PostPosted: 03 Nov 2009, 17:08 
and the neighborhood scavengers haven't discovered the buffet yet? I can see where living in the desert would make the solar method a good one, but I'd have to wonder about applying it in biomes with higher humidity/bacterial levels. Wonder if we could find someone in the deep south to compare decomp rates with?

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 Post subject: Re: Solar rat defroster
PostPosted: 03 Nov 2009, 21:11 
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No scavenger problems because the stock tank is inside a fenced area.
I've discovered the main issue is to remove the rats before they get too warm. This takes a surprisingly short amount of time, even for xx large size.


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 Post subject: Re: Solar rat defroster
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2009, 14:53 
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16 December and the solar defroster works very well here in the desert in winter, even.

I threw a few adult rats on it today and they are defrosting nicely. :cool_man:


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