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    Cheapest online feeder rats

    Looking for suggestions about ordering rats online. I can't rely on PetSmart anymore as they hardly ever have them available, and they're 7 dollars per rat. What's the best website with the cheapest prices ?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Cheapest online feeder rats

    I find Big Cheese to be the cheapest. Flat rate shipping and lower prices than the others.

    Cold Blood Cafe is also good quality, arguably healthier weight rodents visually, though my experience has their feeders on the smaller end of the range they say, not a variety throughout the range. I.e. For small rats. If the range is 45 to 80g (I forget if this is their range or not, but something similar) 90% of the feeders were approx 50g and the remaining 10% were 60-65g.

    Perfect Prey and Rodent Pro are often recommended also. I have used neither. One had higher base prices over Big Cheese and the other had significantly higher shipping costs (roughly double) and if I remember right similar to slightly higher prices.

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    Well, it depends...

    What sizes you use and where you live can affect shipping costs with those that donít use flat rate shipping.

    My first pick is/was Big Cheese (Texas), who uses flat rate shipping. But in the last two years they were out of stock on the sizes I needed.

    Then I went to Perfect Prey (Florida).

    Then Cold Blooded Cafe came along with great pricing. But they increased their prices on my last order to be the same or a tad cheaper on some rats as Perfect Prey.

    Now Big Cheese and Perfect Prey have the best packaging, vacuum sealed.

    I live in Texas, and freight is cheaper with CBC, so that works out for me price wise.
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    Re: Cheapest online feeder rats

    I am a big fan of perfect prey. And for me an added bonus cause I'm in Florida and so are they. From my experience, their prey sizes are pretty spot on as far as the weight they advertise. I have never used any other vendor so I can't comment on them, but cheaper isn't necessarily better a lot of times. I absolutely recommend perfect prey.
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    This time of year I would be less concerned with price than transit time, as the temps are hot enough you want the feeders to show up in two days to ensure they are still frozen on arrival. So, I wouldn't order from a vendor on the west coast.

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    Re: Cheapest online feeder rats

    Have you tried your local Craigslist? I got lucky and have built a relationship with a local rat breeder.
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    1.1 Piebald
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    My BPs -

    https://youtu.be/TZB9IFIq6-g - Albino and Coral Glow Pastel
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    https://youtu.be/OF-x6Lt-OgQ - Super Pastel Het Clown
    https://youtu.be/XhbnRoMn1Sk - Pastel Clown

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    I can appreciate good prices too, but sometimes you might not want the very "cheapest"...they might be feeding low quality food or not keeping their rodents
    clean & separated from wild species (like when grown in a shed or barn). Best to compare both price & reputation.
    Many friends in low places...

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    Another good one that I have heard from other members here is Layne Laboratories out in California. Others have said that the rats are top notch. However, freight is a killer if you donít live close by.
    The one thing I found that you can count on about Balls is that they are consistent about their inconsistentcy.

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    0.1 Olive (Aussie) Python, Olivia, 2017

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    Re: Cheapest online feeder rats

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodie View Post
    I am a big fan of perfect prey. And for me an added bonus cause I'm in Florida and so are they. From my experience, their prey sizes are pretty spot on as far as the weight they advertise. I have never used any other vendor so I can't comment on them, but cheaper isn't necessarily better a lot of times. I absolutely recommend perfect prey.
    I use them as well and have never had any issues. Highly recommended!


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    Re: Cheapest online feeder rats

    Reptile deli is pretty good pricewise with $25 flat rate shipping and rats look pretty healthy. But their packaging leaves something to be desired, all the rats are shoved into ziploc bags. And their smalls are consistently in the 40-50g range, I just get the small plus from them nowadays.

    I made one order with Rodent Pro and never will again.

    Perfect prey is great quality and packaging, a little more expensive on shipping than reptile deli.

    Layne labs is absolutely top notch with best quality and packaging by far IME, but shipping is hella expensive

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