Frozen instead of live?
Frozen rodents are the preferred choice of many professional breeders for several reasons:
  • Usually less expensive.
  • Can't bite the animals you are feeding them to.
  • Pre-killed humanely.
  • Less likely to transmit parasites or disease to you and your pets.
  • Can be stored in large quantities efficiently.
  • less responsibility than maintaining a live animal colony,
  • Easier and cheaper to ship.

What do we feed our mice and rats?

  • Our mice and rats are fed a scientifically-formulated laboratory rodent diet. 

How do we kill your frozen feeder rodents?

  • Humane killing implies a rapid transition from consciousness to unconsciousness and a death that is painless and free from stress and fear.

How do we package our mice and rats?
We freeze all of our mice and rats separately and then vacuum-pack them. We spread them out in the packaging to prevent them from sticking together. The orders are also sent zip-locked. We pack larger mice into resealable bags. We are careful not to put too many into the bags.

How long will frozen rodents last in the freezer?
Depending on the type of freezer they are stored in and how they are packaged could last up to 7 months. With zip-locked bags they are repeatedly opened and closed which will allow air flow and in turn will diminish the life of the product. We recommend storing non-vacuum-packed rodents only up to 3 or 4 months. Make sure you press all the air out each time you reseal.

What happens when rodents are thawed out?
Frozen mice and rats should always be fully thawed out before feeding them to a reptile. Many people like to place the rodents to be thawed in a separate ziploc bag, and float the bag in warm water (not real hot or scalding) in the sink or a pan. If you use really hot water you could essentially parboil them. We've had people put them in such hot water that their skin came off and belly's burst. This way the rodent has some additional warmth to it when you offer it to your pet. Most small mice thaw out quickly, in less than an hour, but rats can take 3 hours or more.

Alternatively, larger items like adult mice and rats could be transferred from the freezer to the refrigerator before you go to work, and when you get home from work much of the thawing will be done, just do the lukewarm water thing (above), and they'll be ready real quick.

Remember, you should not thaw out mice that are vacuum-packaged. The vacuum will do nasty, messy things to them when they are not frozen. So remove them from the vacuum first, then let them thaw out.

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