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cost of raising rodents

This is a discussion on cost of raising rodents within the Feeder Rodents forums, part of the Feeders category; Has anyone done a real cost analysis on what it really costs to raise mice and rats as feeders? Currently ...

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    cost of raising rodents

    Has anyone done a real cost analysis on what it really costs to raise mice and rats as feeders? Currently I buy frozen rodents from either mice direct or rodent pro. I watch when I buy and normally get XL adult mice for .35 and pinky mice for .08-.10. I'm sure raising them would be cheaper, I'm just trying to decide how much and is it worth it. Thanks for any input.

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    Depends on how much extra time you have....for me raising is cheaper than frozen but I have over 100+ animals to feed. It takes 3 to 5 hours a week to maintain my 8 racks.
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    A few things to consider other than cost:

    1. Rats and mice stink. Can you deal with the smell? The kind of smell that sticks to your clothes.

    2. It's a bit of work. You'll need to clean tubs, top off water and food, and check for leaks, chewouts and so forth. Time is money.

    3. They need space. You'll need to have a place to keep them. Due to #1, you probably won't want them inside your home. I have a friend who keeps his rats in his garage, and even with the garage door opened all day, it still stinks in there. I have a dedicated sealed room with exhaust that completely clears out the air in there and it stinks as well.

    4. Euthanization. Either by you or by snake. Can you stomach killing rodents or watching your snake take the life of a rodent? It's not usually an issue, but some people have problems with it.

    The only reason I raise my own rodents is because not all of my snakes will eat frozen. If I could get all my snakes to eat frozen, including hatchlings, I wouldn't be raising my own. They are a hassle and a fair amount of work.

    That being said, rats can be really cool to work with, and sometimes pretty darn cute, so it's not all bad.

    I know I didn't answer your question. I don't know the answer, but I do know there is more to it than just the dollar amounts saved.
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    They do stink really bad except the first day you clean.....
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    I ahve around 80 snakes and hatchlings hatching to feed my cost for the past 2 months is $0 and have enough food and bedding to last another 2 months. I sale extra rodents and thats what buys my rodent food and bedding. If it wasnt for selling rodents it would cost me about $100 and I probably feed off about 400 rats a month.

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    Check out Mookfu's website Metal Monkey Exotics

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    I keep multiple species of snakes. At any given time I have around 50 tp 100 snakes depending on season. I breed my own rats and rabbits. I also raise a few chickens. For me the cost of breeding my own is much cheaper than ordering frozen for no other fact than the big snakes I have. Trying to feed large boas and pythons gets very expensive when you order. With my breeding colony I spend roughly $100 a month on food and bedding. Takes me roughly 6 to 8 hrs a week to keep everything up but I also have a wife and 4 kids that help a lot with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CapeFearConstrictors View Post
    A few things to consider other than cost:

    1. Rats and mice stink. Can you deal with the smell? The kind of smell that sticks to your clothes.

    2. It's a bit of work. You'll need to clean tubs, top off water and food, and check for leaks, chewouts and so forth. Time is money.

    3. They need space. You'll need to have a place to keep them. Due to #1, you probably won't want them inside your home. I have a friend who keeps his rats in his garage, and even with the garage door opened all day, it still stinks in there. I have a dedicated sealed room with exhaust that completely clears out the air in there and it stinks as well.

    4. Euthanization. Either by you or by snake. Can you stomach killing rodents or watching your snake take the life of a rodent? It's not usually an issue, but some people have problems with it.

    The only reason I raise my own rodents is because not all of my snakes will eat frozen. If I could get all my snakes to eat frozen, including hatchlings, I wouldn't be raising my own. They are a hassle and a fair amount of work.

    That being said, rats can be really cool to work with, and sometimes pretty darn cute, so it's not all bad.

    I know I didn't answer your question. I don't know the answer, but I do know there is more to it than just the dollar amounts saved.
    Very true especially 1,2,and 3. The main reason I raise my own rodents is then I always have the right size feeders for my GTP's. Like new born pinkies for newly hatched GTP's first meal. If they don't eat, I just put the pinkie back with momma mouse. Beats thawing and throwing them away

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapeFearConstrictors View Post
    A few things to consider other than cost:

    1. Rats and mice stink. Can you deal with the smell? The kind of smell that sticks to your clothes.
    *** i would have to say mice smell more than rats. yes, a person can get used to the smell....after time of course. and yes that smell stays on you for several hours after you leave the rodent room....so imagin if you breed them in your house....i know of some people that do

    2. It's a bit of work. You'll need to clean tubs, top off water and food, and check for leaks, chewouts and so forth. Time is money.
    ***yes it's work that's for sure....but you need to set up a routine and perfect it. and remember to keep in mind the extra costs to come along with it....tubs, tubing, bedding, feed...etc.

    3. They need space. You'll need to have a place to keep them. Due to #1, you probably won't want them inside your home. I have a friend who keeps his rats in his garage, and even with the garage door opened all day, it still stinks in there. I have a dedicated sealed room with exhaust that completely clears out the air in there and it stinks as well.
    ***i don't think there is anything that can completely knock out the smell....if there's rats/mice....there's smell....no other way going around it. the person cleaning will get used to it....

    4. Euthanization. Either by you or by snake. Can you stomach killing rodents or watching your snake take the life of a rodent? It's not usually an issue, but some people have problems with it.
    ***if you need to put a mass to sleep....the easiest and fastest way is Co2

    The only reason I raise my own rodents is because not all of my snakes will eat frozen. If I could get all my snakes to eat frozen, including hatchlings, I wouldn't be raising my own. They are a hassle and a fair amount of work.
    ***i have some snakes that fall in each category....live, thawed, and pre-killed. knowing your snake and feeding certain ones first can help you out from having to toss out dead feeders.

    That being said, rats can be really cool to work with, and sometimes pretty darn cute, so it's not all bad.
    ***i've made my own strain from breeding rats. they are cool and you can see genetic results much faster than in snakes.....keeps you busy when waiting for eggs to hatch

    I do know there is more to it than just the dollar amounts saved.
    ***100% agree
    ***my comments are not meant for the original poster, but for Quality Serpents to read. as long as i have snakes i will breed my own feeders...period!

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