Snake Breeder/keepers

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  1. KSALguy

    KSALguy Lost in the Wiregrass Supporter

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    does anyone on here sell to reptile breeders or keepers? i was thinking that that might be a good way of expanding profits if you could get a good price,
    does any one on here do this already?
     
  2. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I sell rabbits for reptiles Most of my customers are
    breeders with a large inventory of reptiles.
     

  3. KSALguy

    KSALguy Lost in the Wiregrass Supporter

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    how much do you get per rabbit and what sizes do they want?
     
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    I won't go into my pricing as it depends upon several factors.
    It's also a highly competitive market in this area.
    I have customers who buy live and kill their rabbits to feed fresh.
    I have customers who buy frozen.

    You can get an idea of frozen prices at:

    http://www.ratsicles.com/

    http://www.rodentpro.com/

    My customers buy from 1# to 5# rabbits.
    I was recently contacted by a pet store needing
    a supply of (10) 1/2 pound rabbits on a weekly basis.
     
  5. KSALguy

    KSALguy Lost in the Wiregrass Supporter

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    i understand about the competitive thing, as long as its worth it to look into thats what matters, when i get set up agian i will deffinatly see what i can work out
     
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    I sell to one person, he doesent want to pay too much but I wont sell anything live for less than what I can get for a fryer, I sell the dead baby rabbits pretty cheap, Go to the pet store and see what they charge for mice and rats...
     
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    Terry W Duchess of Cynicism

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    I actually have an agrgeement to p[rovide all the mice and rats I can to a local pet shop for use as feeders--beware-- when selling feeder animals live-- you may want to castrate the boys!!! A friend of mine found out her buyer was reselling the males to other breeders that should would not sell her stock to---she had been using her fancy mice culls as feeders!!!
     
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    I have been looking into this. It seems like a good market to get into. From what I have heard from several snake owners they will pay good prices for rabbits. One person i have talked to wants 2-3 lb frozen and is willing to pay about $5 apiece. They want some where around 10-15 a week. I can not supply that now but i want to work my operation. You should look into the reptile expos.

    Dk
     
  9. dlwelch

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    An excellent place to make contacts! It's also helpful to
    know enough about reptiles to be somewhat conversant.
    I don't want a reptile but I find it fascinating that many people
    have them as pets.
     
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    I have been in the pet food market for many years. Not only reptile food but also raw pet food diets for carnivores.

    You need to check with your state Dept of Agriculture. There are licensing requirements and also specific labeling required.

    Labeling need to have weight. You need a certified scale tested through the bureau of weights and measures. Safe handling requirements. What this product is intended for. If this is a complete feed or intended for intermentent feeding only. Example, if you are selling for a snake a rabbit would be a complete food but if this is being sold for dog food you have to have it labeled for intermentent feeding only unless you have done food trials and passed AFCO'S testing for a pet food product.

    If you are shipping out of state you also might need to be licensened through the FDA [yes pet food sales] is included with out of state shipping for registration with FDA.
     
  11. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    Very good advice! Many states do not have regulations
    pertaining to this but it's better to check. If you sell to
    a zoo or pet shop, they might have specific requirements.
    Those often relate to the manner of euthanasia.

    Some states also have laws governing euthanasia included in
    their Animal Welfare Codes.