Aww they're so wittle!! I too am interested in knowing around about the cost of raising your own mice? Whole prey was something I considered, but due to cost wasn't realistic. I'm looking at $150 per month at least, if I bought whole prey online (free shipping) for my 3, lol NOPE. Even though I've spent $250 in the past 2 months on raw meat for the ferrets, yikes!
Well I have now branched out to include a 1:3 (male:female) colony of ASF's thanks to Kristopher Dobson (from the Rat, Mouse & ASF FB Page) who hooked me up. I'll post pictures tomorrow. First impressions...ASF's are waaaaay calmer than mice. If they truly smell less as well, I may just abandon my mouse colony and just do ASF's for now.
Depending on how you want to do your setup basically my conclusions are as follows:
1. It will cost you quite a bit to setup (tubs, water, bottles, food bowls, bedding, etc. 2. The savings are looooong term. You have to be breeding a while to make back what you paid to setup the breeding colony.
Therefore if you really are in it for the long haul, you WILL see savings down the road but it could take significant time to start saving. I'm going to get all the numbers worked out and when I do, I'll post them.