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Posted by mikecoscia on April 09, 2003 at 21:52:56:
In Reply to: Thanks Mike... posted by leprachaun13 on April 09, 2003 at 14:11:13:
My guys are about a year now and they are def not up to size, but I expected that. Next year (24months) they should be ready. You are right though breeding at an early age in addition to breeding these animals year after year like most breeders do, will drastically shorten their life spans. Nature did not intend them to produce a large number of clutches like the domesticated chicken. Their bodies simply can not take it and they deteriorate over the years from the stress. I give my guys every other year (sometimes more) off and every one of them gets the up most individual care, as it should be. Their well being and longevity is way more important. I may not produce a lot of animals like others do, but that gives me more time to put into them. So the animals get the best start and are much healthier. Like you said they are our pets first and foremost I even have a hard time selling the babies (im to picky who I sell to…lol).
Anyway I look forward to the new pics. We will have to have a photo contest or something..hehe.
See you at the show this weekend! =)