I live in California, and there is not much space to have without living in the boonies, and therefore not much space for rodent breeding.
I purchase all of my rodents live from a breeder that lives near me.
It does get rather expensive, but this particular breeder is the cheapest producer in the area, and I get good quality stuff.
Have I considered starting to breed rodents? Sure I have...
Have I been successful at it? No way.
(Side note: If successful means producing rats, then yes, but not at the quantity I would need)
I am allergic, for one.
I am also lacking in time and space, and the area where I live in Southern California tends to get very hot during the summer, which does not bode well for living creatures in say a garage or location similar.
So until we move and are able to create a rodent space/building, I am going to have to suck it up and deal with it how I can.
It would be lovely if we lived in an area where a couple acres doesn't cost a mere few million, and where I could set up a property with extra facilities here and there, but at the moment, this is not the case.
So, I buy.
Frozen is possible, and honestly, I have considered it many times, but as it stands, I do not have the time to attempt to change everyone over, nor do I have the time to sit there and defrost and wiggle around zombie rats for each snake.
Time is precious here at Heather's Herps.
So with that, I will go finish feeding the critters and do some cleaning.
I have updated the available page with a TON of Proven Breeder stuff (Male and Female) as well as some of the babies that have shed out. Go and take a look at what I have in store!
Have a fantastic day, my friends!