It's breeding them cheaper than buying them frozen? I've bred mice before and don't mind the cleaning and the smell so I wouldn't mind doing it, I just want to know if it's cheaper. I have one 9 week old ferret.
This is a wonderful question for @machan. She is currently breeding mice and has built quite a thread on it. I want to feed Whole Prey at some point, but I'm a bit of a softie and would end up with a household full of mice that wear pajama's and get bedtime stories.
With one ferret I doubt it'd be worth it, but I haven't done the math for ferrets. Usually people in the BP community start breeding their prey after 10 snakes, but I only have 3. However, with my 3 ferrets and cats and dog also eating raw, it's worth it to me.
You have to spend a fair bit to get started, but once you have everything you need such as tubs and feed, then you're good to go and all you need to do is stock up on feed every couple of months.
I was paying $200 on Frozen feeders before I started breeding. But then again, I was feeding 2 ferrets at the time. For that price, I practically started up 2 colonies of mice.
I currently have 6 breeding females and 1 male. 2 out of those 6 are just about to pop their litters and 2 others are expecting but not any time soon. I currently have 11 mice growing out at the moment. My boys eat mice like no tomorrow. Between Yuki and Beavis, they both could eat 4-5 full grown mice each. ;n; So I decided to start on rats because they seem to reach an ideal meal weight faster than mice, I went and picked up a 2 females and a male. They're yet to have litters though.