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Advise on feeder mice breeding

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Advise on feeder mice breeding

Postby smac128 » Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:50 am

Hi everyone, I'm new to this page.
I currently based in springs. I own one corn snake (I have previously owned a corn, cal king and a ball python before). At the moment I only require to feed my corn one adult mouse a week.

Down to the main story, I'm struggling to get mice of the right size, I had to feed her 3 fuzzies on Sunday because that is all the pet shop in springs could provide, unfortunately the closest other I know is all the way in boksberg.

So I am contemplating the idea of breeding my own mice, knowing how fast they breed, I was thinking of turning them into a breeding side line hobby. And also because I intend to get a few more snakes (turning into an addict lol).

Does anyone on this bord have any advice if the market for mice (and eventually rats) is too saturated for making it a sustainable business ( please understand I'm not looking into making a major profit, well at least for now) I will also be willing to pre kill and freez and pack them.

Your comments and advise are highly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Advise on feeder mice breeding

Postby Westley Price » Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:06 am

Hi smac

My advice is probably not what you want to hear, but I suggest scrapping the breeding plans and simply driving in to Joburg or Pretoria once every couple of months and stocking up on frozen feeders.

I used to breed feeders when I lived in remote areas and it is not pleasant. The rodents are stinky, messy and require a lot of maintenance. In all honesty for a small to medium sized collection I would not say breeding is worth it.

But if you do decide to go for it, I wish you luck!
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Re: Advise on feeder mice breeding

Postby Bushviper » Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:09 am

There are various threads about breeding rodents. It is very labour intensive and can be rather tedious. If you intend gassing a freezing that also makes it a bit easier as having stock eating food and not selling could be a problem.

Use the search button at the top and lets hope it works out well for you.
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Re: Advise on feeder mice breeding

Postby smac128 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:54 am

Thanks for the replies. Will try do a little customer research, and some number crunching and see how it goes.
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