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Posted by TribalCorns at 4/16/2018 3:35:11 PM

 So far this spring has been a bit disastrous for me. Long story short have to find a new job, and there's much pressure from the rest of the family to thin out the collection of corns. Have no car anymore, with broken laptops, keyboards, an ipod, and just a generally non working bad trac phone makes it hard to really advertise or put up any updates for people. Not that I'm advertising in this blog, just saying how hard it is now for us.

We were probably going to permenantly halt any corn snake breeding after this year anyway. I just feel like there's a ton of them out there and I don't need to add to them when I'm not producing anything any different from anyone else. The two projects we have going on this year for the corns will likely be our last for a few years until we stabilize financially again with a job.

Point is I love these snakes and I'm going to search hard as I can for a good job to avoid having to sell anyone I don't want to sell. We have frozen mice stocked up enough to last a year for everyone we have right now plus six newborn hatchlings if we brumate again this year. Though I plan on keeping only two from each clutch. We'll either cull or keep the other babies as feeders for creatures. Though I would hate to see them killed and eaten, I may humanely euthanize them before feeding them off to other animals. Perhaps I'll find a job again before that gets too extreme.

I know the subject of culling is argued quite a bit so I apologize bringing that up in here. It's the circle of life though, and snake eating critters need to eat too. It feels worse having to do it with the snakes than it did when I was breeding my own feeder mice. If it helps any all feeder animals I have are kept as if they were loved pets until they are either fed off or humanely culled to store frozen and feed off later.

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 4/16/2018 5:05:55 PM  

*and snake eating critters need to eat too*

Hit the nail on the head there.

Best of luck. I've trimmed of my collection drastically due to life changes so I know what you're going through.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 4/17/2018 12:56:31 PM  

Hope things improve for you soon!

Posted At: 4/19/2018 10:42:49 AM  

Thanks guys. Was worried about getting outsed from a site or group again cause someone didn't like the mention of culling feeders.

It's happened a few times on facebook groups. O.o

Is it a thing for someone to wholesale a large group for a sale price? Cause I feel like that's an option I could try.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 4/19/2018 11:53:47 AM  

When I first started keeping and then breeding soon after, I had in my mind that I would never wholesale. As the years have past I have learned there are times when wholesaling was a good option for me. For example, living in Minnesota, There are only roughly 6 months of the year I can ship. When it gets to be mid October, I have to switch to a business mindset and start considering which ones I want to house and feed for the next 6 months. I have to ask if the expense, labor, and time are worth it, or would it be better to wholesale the animals thst sell for a lower price and be able to concentrate more on others that are less commonly kept and/or sell for a higher price.

I have also had a scenario where like 2 years ago when I had a far greater number of successful pairings than typical. I also know the number of babies I feel I can properly house and feed on top of my already large collection without losing my mind. That year I was nearing that number of babies and had more on the way. For the good of all involved, and myself, I wholesaled a good # of the species one sees more commonly available in a pet store. Ones that are for less experienced keepers. It was tough, but it was for the best. 

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 4/19/2018 5:05:05 PM  

My opinion of FB groups and FB in general.............

Posted At: 4/21/2018 8:29:36 AM  


But yeah we average maybe 6 months out of the year being able to ship at all. This year however we still have snow and it's past mid april. I had one gecko that was supposed to be shipped a while ago but the temperatures have just never been great for it. Same for two of my adult corns. The temperatures and fact that I had to hold shipping actually made me lose a buyer on those two corns. She's now getting a $25 boa baby at her local pet store because she didn't want to pay for shipping with the heat packs when we did have that somewhat warm week. I used to live there so I know the pet store she's talking about. So I know she's going to be getting a mite ridden snake that probably won't eat for her. That mall pet store never takes proper care of their herps.

Had another guy try to pay me through western union, but he lost his stub thing that had the whole code I needed to accept the payment. Since he didn't have it either anymore he lost his money through western union cause they wouldn't give his money back without the code. He said he'd save up again and then buy the snake with a check through the mail but that was a year ago now and I don't feel that that's happening anymore.

-hating where she lives-

Posted At: 4/21/2018 8:31:57 AM  

Actually I just recounted our months and their temperatures. We had 8 months of too cold so far this year to ship anything, and it's still that way right now as well. So basically this year I've had only 4 months to ship anything. I think previous years I only had 5 to 6 months of warmth enough to ship. Probably 5.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 4/21/2018 9:51:10 AM  


Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 4/21/2018 11:22:34 AM  

Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart Moneygrams work well, too.

Posted At: 4/22/2018 1:25:28 PM  

Yeah I told him I've got a paypal we could do it through, I can take credit or debit cards with this cool app thing I've got, but he just wanted to send money, and not through the mail because his maregularly comes opened with money or cards from family missing. but yeah never ever going to use western union for anything again. lol

I didn't know walmart did something like that. Do you have to go to the customer service area or something? For future reference anyway.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 4/22/2018 1:44:13 PM  

Yeah, it is done in customer service. There is a fee the customer has to pay, just like when they get a money order at the post office, etc. I prefer the store to store because it eliminates them needing to mail me something (which people rarely do) and then you don't have to wait for a check to clear either. I can go and get the payment in cash.

Posted At: 4/22/2018 4:22:20 PM  

Interesting, I'll keep that in mind if anyone else is going to have trouble using other payment methods. Thanks.

In other news. It's finally getting warmer here. Though night time temps are still going down to the 30's. I wish spring would hurry it up. The hot cold hot cold we had every few weeks was horrible for my bonsai's I started last year sitting outside. Had we had a regular winter they would have been just fine. There's so much root die off on the top though I regret not mulching them before winter hit.

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