When I originally got Kane, my first BP i got him because i LOVE pieds, his price was right, and his breeder was knowledgeable and had years of experience behind htem. I bought Kane primarily as a pet, but with the option of using him as a breeder. If i breed, I wanted to produce Pieds.
almost 3 years later, and Kane is up to weight, maturity, and i have acquired additional snakes - male and female.
I purchased a Leopard, pastel, yellowbelly, triple het pied, albino, clown female first. because multi-gene, and could potentially produce pieds, that will be marketable.
My next purchase was a female mojave blackhead female. I do want to add Mojave into the mix eventually. She was lovely and is a very sweet animal.
For a good long while i had only those three. They were going to be my starting group. With the plan of eventually breeding a daughter back to dad eventually for visual pieds. (at least in the case of breeding to the mojave).
This year I added three more - a Pastel mystic potion male (for a different project. BELs, mystic potions). He was admittedly an impulse purchase. I got him around the same time i ended up taking in a friend’s bp for rehab.
that bp is a banana, pastel, super enchi YB. His story is in a separate thread. I know his lineage (breeder is a friend), and she’s given me the go-ahead to breed him if I wanted to. he could eventually be used to get banana into the pied project. That will be a future project (multiple years in the future) as i don’t have any current visual female pieds.
Lastly i added a Pinstripe calico possible black pastel female to the group this last month. I’ve wanted to incorporate pinstripe and Calico into the mix, and i admittedly haven’t thought out WHO to pair her to. She’s a juvenile and i’ve got a few years before she’s up to weight/maturity. (okay maybe less time, but point being she’s not getting bred this year).
Thats what i’m currently working with, and I would LOVE the input of some experienced breeders ,and what YOU would do with these mixes. Who, if anyone, would you sell and what would you replace with? Did I start with the wrong animals; should i reconsider my approach?
I don’t want this to be my main job. This is a hobby that I want to enjoy. That said, i also don’t want to end up with animals i CANNOT sell, therefore becoming overwhelmed by the number of animals i have within a few seasons.
My biggest desire is to produce cool pieds. Whether they’re being marketed to other breeders, or pet homes isn’t really my main focus. my main focus is producing some cool/pretty animals.
Thanks for reading if you got this far!