When I started out in this biz, Normals were all the rage..
A big solid normal female ready to breed or proven breeder was worth her weight in GOLD.
I got my share of them, and was set!
Co-doms and I were going to rule the world! Hets were going to pour from the eggs, and I would be oh so golden for my projects from then on...
And then, normals just weren't good enough anymore. People got tired of them, wanted more, wanted bigger and better.
After a while, people didn't want anything to do with them, and now, it is hard to even sell them to petstores, much less other breeders.
CH flow in easily every year, right before the CBB breeders hatch out most of their stuff..
So what to do with the normals?
Sometimes I wholesale them to petstores (Remember that I live in a LARGE Metropolitan area) where I get very little for them. Sometimes I give them to schools to teach children about care and husbandry.
Its kind of sad that Normals are not respected anymore as anything worth while...
Normal females now are being traded out, sold for pennies, or just discarded.
Granted, with my space limitations, and I'm sure others as well, you just can't validate keeping 30 Normal females when you need that space, but it seems like people are all doing it at the same time, flooding the market with Normal breeder females.
I remember when people paid $500 for a good female normal. Now? $75-$100, tops.
Why does this bother me? Well... it doesn't really bother me as much as concern me. What will happen to those normal babies that are being bred? I hope they all get awesome pet homes, but this may not be the case.
Normals are the "throw aways", and I really don't like to think about them that way. They are awesome in their own right, but in a breeding biz where the next big thing is more and more combos, normals are stuck in the corner.
Long live the Normal.
I know I'm keeping mine!