Welcome to Honeyduke Rats, a small rattery based in Preston, Lancashire. I aim to breed long lived, healthy rats with wonderful temperements (don't want much, eh?!) in agouti and silver agouti (in red and black eye). Honeyduke rats is run by me, Stacey Cochrane, a rat lover who's been smitten by these amazing creatures for quite a few years now. Breeding isn't something I enter into lightly, and it's only due to the continued support of many good friends (be they breeders or not) that I feel I can contribute something to the community that has given me so much already.
I am a member of the North of England Rat Society and am currently a member of the committee. The society mainly have shows across the north of England, but will also help people in other parts of the country organise shows in their area through the recently founded Pet Initiative. I am also a member of the National Fancy Rat Society and the Yorkshire Rat Club.
Honeyduke is registered with the NFRS, and is the name that I give to my rattery, and the the rats born here.
I delberated for a long time about what to call my
rattery. I wanted something that meant something to me, but something that also
represented rats, and how they make me feel. I am a massive Harry Potter dork,
so decided that I would like a name to do with J K Rowling's magical world. It
was my long suffering other half that came up with Honeyduke, and I loved it
immediately. Not only is it a lovely word that has a playful sound, the meaning
behind it was perfect. For those not quite as geeky as me, Honeyduke is the
name of a sweetshop in the HP world, where they sell weird and wonderful
creations you could only dream of. I adore the sense of childhood excitement
and wonder I feel when I read about this shop, which really makes it the
perfect name, because that's how I feel about my rats, and about my venture
into breeding - giddy with excitement, and with wonderful dreams about what