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Posts Tagged ‘rat growth’

Downsizing the African Soft Furreds

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

If you've never been bursting at the seams with rats, then I think I might envy you.

It seems so often that we rat breeders never have enough product to meet demands. Demands from our collection is certainly the highest, but there also comes from time to time, a request for a large number of rats for a customer. It always seems like I never can produce enough to feed my own group of animals, but then to turn around and supply someone else.

Then it gets to be time to make a decision. Take into account the needs of your own animals to feed. What is our goal?

Our goal here at MMX is to ultimately produce and sell ball pythons, blood pythons, and maybe down the line, corns and Brazilian rainbow boas.

To have an edge in the market, we need to make sure we can give our customers the best animal we can. Once aspect of this is having the animal imprinted on a readily available food type. African soft furs are not what I would consider "readily available". In some densly populated areas of the country, it can be easier to get African soft furs to begin breeding your own, but at the same time, it is very rare to see them in a Pet Food store, much less for sale as a feeder animal.

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How fast do ASF grow?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I see this question come in all the time through search engines. The answer depends on a few things like... Diet, litter size, genetics, health of each animal. I have found on average that ASF's grow (after weaning) to 40-50 grams in 3-4 weeks. Feed them appropriately and don't inbreed too much, you should have approximately the same results. Some grow faster, some slower, but this is generally what I see in my colonies.

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