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hey, has anybody decided on breeding rats for feeding purposes? Is it worth it or not? .·° )~ mousepotato ~( °·.

I breed them, and I doubt it saves me a dime. I just have feeders available when I need them, which isn't a big deal anymore as you can order them frozen and get them within two days. In fact, next time my boa needs a meal I'm going to start whacking my breeders.
Cindy
hey, has anybody decided on breeding rats for feeding purposes? Is it worth it or not?

Depends on what you're feeding. I've done a lot of rat breeding over the years, but it's really only worthwhile if you're feeding a considerable number of herps and have a considerable amount of space. Otherwise, it's cheaper and easier to simply buy frozen.
ive yet to find a petstore that takes good care of their rodents. most ive seen offer hamster/gerbil food to the rats

You must not be visiting Petcos then, 'cause all rats and mice at petcos are to be fed lab blocks.

You pretty much have to, seed just doesn't give the rats or mice enough nutrients to grow very fast. A rat fed on lab blocks will be twice the size as one fed on seed at the same age, and twice as healthy as well.
No way could I breed rats as feeders having owned several as pets. They have to be among the most intelligent pets I have ever owned, topped (possibly) by my dogs and horses.

I used to breed them for show, but I originally started breeding rats and mice as feeders. Rats really are wonderful pets but if you breed them, you're going to have culls and those make great feeders, so long as they are humanely handled.
What are these lab blocks? Proteins (like flesh)?
Anna
Wendy knows a LOT about this and I wish she was online reading this thread so she might chime in.
You must not be visiting Petcos then, 'cause all rats and mice at petcos are to be fed lab blocks. fr0glet

I'll look next time I go although I believe I've seen dishes of seeds and nuts, but I CAN say for sure that my local Petco does not SELL lab blocks. Cindy

I don't think any of them sell the lab blocks. Ours comes in for store use only. And the rats and mice have only been on lab block for about.. 6 months.
fr0glet
What are these lab blocks? Proteins (like flesh)? Anna

Some, yes... I see it as the equivalent of dog food (ground up meat and grain and vegetables, cooked down and pressed into pellets). They're called "lab blocks" because the food style was originally only used by laboratories, to feed "lab rats" so they would be healthy and robust for experimenting.
fr0glet
I'll look next time I go although I believe I've ... that my local Petco does not SELL lab blocks. Cindy

I don't think any of them sell the lab blocks. Ours comes in for store use only. And the rats and mice have only been on lab block for about.. 6 months. fr0glet

Why don't they sell them? I used to special-order them from the local feed elevator, but that was a pain.
Cindy
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