Breeding Rats and Mice…

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Since 2008 I have bred and raised all of my feeder rodents. I regularly have around 200 snakes and need to have a constant food supply. Breeding my own rodents allows me to never be in a situation where I can’t get the food my snakes need. I never run out and have to worry about finding what I need. Not to mention, the money breeding my own rodents saves is enormous when you look at the prices of rodents online or at the local pet stores.

I normally set my breeding rodents up in 1.3 or 1.4 breeding groups. That applies to rats, mice and ASFs. This works well for maximum production. I use the racks that I made below as well as a lab style metal racks. The only downside is that right now I do not have an automatic watering system. I am in the process of getting that set up though.

Most female rats will have babies every 21 days and in my experience about 8 to 12 babies per litter. I leave the family group together with no problems. The females will share the babies between them in regards to which mother takes care of the babies. The males do not bother the babies. I have not had a problem leaving the male with the females and babies.

Once I can expand my rodent colony to reach a monthly production of 2,000 plus, I will be offering competitively priced rodents for sale again!

But first, with the way my ball python season is looking, I decided to add 18 new breeder females to the colony. And I will be adding more mice and ASF Rats in the near future!

Make sure to check back for rodent prices in the near future.

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