We have decided that it will now be beneficial to start breeding our own feeder rats for our ball pythons and boas. For those of you that have experience doing this I have a few questions.
How many female rats per snake would we need?
How do “math” out when to feed and how to grow out to appropriate feeding size? For example the majority of our collection is on frozen thawed prey and we are considering freezing feeders as well as growing some up for our live feeders. How do you know what to freeze and what to grow out? What method might you follow? We may end up doing just pre killed and live and forget the freezing all together. Even if we aren’t freezing though I want to make sure we have enough to feed those on weaned and pups but still be able to grow out to medium and smalls for the bigger live feeder snakes.
If we freeze and/pre kill what is the best method to euthanize for freezing?
Do you let your rats free feed or do you give them a specified amount and how do you know what that amount is?
We already have a small colony that we are working on that supplies only our live feeders. We have our food chosen and as soon as we move we will be building racks.
Thank you in advance to anyone with input!