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Old 11-16-03, 07:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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If you don't have much income at present, I wouldn't recommend starting off a breeding operation with beardies. Before they are big enough to take 1/2 inch crickets each hatchling can go through 100-150 crickets a day. One female can have multiple clutches from just one mating session. My Monet gave me 168 eggs last year. I only incubated 67 of those and froze the rest but had an $88 a week feeder insect bill for months.

That's a lot of bugs and unless you have a reputation most people will not pay enough money per beardie to let you recover your feeder insect bill. So first-time breeders are left with a difficult choice, dumping them off to a pet store when they are too young to sell, underfeeding them and risking them mutilate each other, or taking a financial loss for the love of the hatchlings.
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Old 11-16-03, 08:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Do what you want, but as far as I am concerned, there is a fine line where the reptile becomes a product and not a the more snakes, or whatever, you have,the more money you have to spend on heating, enclosures,supplies, not to mention food and medical(veterinarian) expences....Reptile breeding is a long patience-needed endevour....the money doesn't flow in right away takes is up to you start off slow and let things roll.
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Old 11-16-03, 08:44 PM   #18 (permalink)
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BUT, the more snakes you have, the cost PER SNAKE to house and feed and heat goes WAY WAY down. If it costs $2,000 to maintain 100 snakes, it does NOT cost $4,000 to maintain 200 snakes. It doesn't work that way.
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Old 11-17-03, 06:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Yes I agree Jeff...there is a point where the cost decreases per number of animals...but I was just trying to make a point about not getting in over your head....go slow and learn then do what one can......compende
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