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Old 05-25-17, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where should I order rats?

Hi there,
I'm wondering where I should order frozen rats. For a little while i was thinking of breeding my own, but seeing as I'll only have 1 snake for a while and likely wouldn't succeed in selling extras that idea isn't very realistic anymore. The only petstores near me are petsmart and a store where everything is very overpriced, so my only option is ordering online. To those of you who order online, what site(s) do you order your feeders from?
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Old 05-26-17, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Right now I get my feeders from Layne Labs, and I'm very happy with the quality of feeders; however, I'm going to be checking with a local rat breeder to see what his stock looks like, and see if I can save a few $$ in shipping costs, even if the new feeders might be a little more. This local breeder was recommended by my cage builder, who has a lot of boas to feed.
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I use Perfect Prey for my frozen feeders. They're less expensive than Layne Labs but the quality is just as good.
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Ooh...a royal Zinger by The Zig! ;-P

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If you only have one snake, you're probably going to be better off just paying the higher prices of local pet stores.
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Ooh...a royal Zinger by The Zig! ;-P
LOL @ Scuba- No zing, just the facts. You gotta get the most bang for your buck .


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If you only have one snake, you're probably going to be better off just paying the higher prices of local pet stores.
@ Eminart- I'm going to disagree with you on this one. Even when I had just one snake, many moons ago, I still found it more economical to buy in bulk. I was paying $13 for a (6) pack of mice fuzzys or hoppers. If I feed my critter once a week for (6) months that would be a total of (24) feeders at a cost of $52. I can buy (25) fuzzys and (25) hoppers from Perfect Prey with shipping included for $62.50. That's twice as many feeders for roughly $10 more. Even if I added another box of pet store feeders to make up the difference I'd pay $65 for (30) pet store feeders vs. $62.50 for (50) online feeders.
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@ Eminart- I'm going to disagree with you on this one. Even when I had just one snake, many moons ago, I still found it more economical to buy in bulk. I was paying $13 for a (6) pack of mice fuzzys or hoppers. If I feed my critter once a week for (6) months that would be a total of (24) feeders at a cost of $52. I can buy (25) fuzzys and (25) hoppers from Perfect Prey with shipping included for $62.50. That's twice as many feeders for roughly $10 more. Even if I added another box of pet store feeders to make up the difference I'd pay $65 for (30) pet store feeders vs. $62.50 for (50) online feeders.

I realize I'm fortunate to have a good, local reptile store. I don't know about the chain prices, but I can buy small rats at my local store for about 15 cents more than the BULK price of Perfect Prey. If you add the $30+ for shipping, it's a lot more expensive. I'd have to buy a huge number to come out ahead.

If you only have the box stores nearby, you're probably right. I haven't looked at their prices in over a decade.
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I realize I'm fortunate to have a good, local reptile store. I don't know about the chain prices, but I can buy small rats at my local store for about 15 cents more than the BULK price of Perfect Prey. If you add the $30+ for shipping, it's a lot more expensive. I'd have to buy a huge number to come out ahead.

If you only have the box stores nearby, you're probably right. I haven't looked at their prices in over a decade.
You're right Em, nothing beats a trusted local supplier. You can also get good deals when some of the expos come to town. Unfortunately I haven't found any good rodent/chick/rabbit breeders in my area and the pet stores near me are very expensive. I don't really do expos either because I kinda have impulse control issues and would end up with more snakes than I already have. I'm also a little paranoid that I'll come back with mites . I like the convenience of ordering online too. It may cost me a few extra bucks but I don't have to leave the house and the quality is consistent.

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I think I might have found a decent local breeder.. is 2$ per small rat a good price?
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$2 for a small rat isn't bad at all. They're $1.75 each at Perfect Prey and since there's no shipping costs involved you'd definitely come out ahead buying locally.
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Ok, looks like my problem is solved then. Thanks for the help everyone (:
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