How To: Thaw frozen feeders.

Thawing Instructions for Frozen Feeder Rodents

(1) Remove the frozen feeder from the freezer and place it on a tray for thawing. I keep a tray that has been designated just for this purpose. To speed thawing times the frozen feeder can also be secured in a zip lock bag and placed in a container of warm water.

(2) Once the feeder has been thawed it needs to be heated to above room temperature. This can be done by one of the following methods:

(A) Submerge the feeder (secured in a zip lock bag) in hot water. DO NOT USE BOILING WATER!

(B) Place the feeder under a heat lamp.

(C) Place the feeder by an electric heater.

(D) Use a hair dryer or heat gun.

Make sure when heating the feeder not to leave it there too long. You do not want to cook the feeder, just warm it up. The above methods SHOULD NOT be used to thaw the feeder.

(3) Check the feeders head and hips, these are the thickest areas and usually the last to warm up. If they feel cold more warming is required.

(4) The first few feedings may require a “jiggle or shake”. Hold the prey by the tail (with hemostats or tongs) and “shake” the feeder lightly about 2 inches from the reptile’s nose. Once it strikes the feeder, release your grasp on the prey item.

CAUTION: DO NOT use a microwave to thaw feeders, this may cause them to explode or will cook the inside of the prey. Reptiles cannot digest cooked food. This is also a good reason why you should not use boiling water to warm the prey.

Keep in mind that pinkies and fuzzies are highly susceptible to “popping” when warmed too fast.

Estimated Thawing Times:


Pinkies - Weans 1 hour

Large Weans - Adults 2 hours


Pinkies - Fuzzies 1 hour

Pups - Smalls 2 hours

Mediums 4 hours

Large 4-6 hours

The above time estimations are based on removing the prey from the freezer and immediately placing it at room temperature (72 F). Putting the feeder in a zip lock bag in warm water will decrease thawing times significantly.


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