Every year, Breeders looking to upgrade their collections and manifest new projects tend to reevaluate what they have, what they want to do, and the animals they are currently working with. Do they have enough space to keep everything they had previously? Do they have the resources to keep fifty more animals from the cuurrent year without moving anything out ?
These are the questions, and the answers are most of the time very difficult. The longer you do it, the more things get complex.. I can attest to that.
The thing that really is important to figure out is... Is it worth it anymore?
Is it worth it to feed that animal and use it next season for breeding? Males or females? Large or small?
Things floating around thru the community and in my own mind as well.
Are normal breeder females not worth the effort to have anymore?
They are still females producing eggs, but is it better to sell your breeder normals and het stuff that isn't easily create a morph, or do you keep them? Do you keep all of the newest and coolest females that you produce and replace the normals with them this year, or next year, or at all?
For me, every year is a bit more difficult... I am moving out some of the last of my breeder normal females, and it pains me to see them go. The same with my breeder males... It's one of those things that I feel guilty about, although it is a difficult decision, it is the best thing for my space and my collection.
And of course, the feeling that some people do not appreciate the breeders I am selling doesn't help the situation. This is not to say that my customers who get my breeders don't appreciate snakes.. That is not what I am saying at all. What bothers me more is the market for a breeder anything seems to be not much more than that of a hatchling... and this is the norm. So why buy hatchlings at all? (Another topic for another day)
But, it is part of the equation of being a breeder. Things loose value, other things are more interesting, and things change often.
The market is finicky, but the snakes are awesome. That is the bottom line.
So I clear out space for more snakes, more awesomeness, and next year the problem will again be where to put what I want to keep so that I can keep progressing in my goals as a breeder.
How bout you?
Have a great day, my friends!