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Posted by Kat on May 13, 2003 at 09:57:00:
In Reply to: A Short Rant about Classifieds...... posted by on May 12, 2003 at 18:23:54:
I do have to say the statement is a bit misleading. Since everyone has their own style of feeding schedule, and corns have their own individual growth rates, there's no way to say for sure if a corn will breed the coming year unless that corn is atleast right on the edge of adult size.
I have an '01 that is indistinguishable in size from some '00's because she was such a piggy as a hatchling. Needless to say, she bred this year and laid her first clutch of 10 eggs. I have an '01 I purchased at the same time as her who didn't eat quite as much that I put off breeding this year. She'll definitely be ready to breed next year though, and I would definitely say she'd be ready to breed this coming season.
I would not interpret 'will breed this coming season' as 'will breed 2003', as the 2003 season is here already. The 2003 season has been here since January, in my mind.
That having been said, not all 2002's will be ready to breed 2004, some might not even be ready by 2005. Heck, I have a 2000 male who was a bit on the small side and proved to be a dud this year for breeding. Next year I hope to have him at a more respectable size and will try again.
Anyway... my personal view is that only near-adults or virgin adults should be labeled 'will breed next year'.