I started my own business!
It was only a matter of time before I would be saying those words, officially.
Sure, I started my own blog long ago and created a steady income from it for a while, but that’s different.
This time I legitimately began my own business. We’re talking brick and mortar business.
I have opened up a reptile and feeder store!
I’ve mentioned it here and there around the blog, but many of you may not know that I have a background working with animals.
From the ages of about 11-21 I owned, cared for and bred a variety of reptiles and other animals. The list includes various geckos, snakes, lizards, amphibians, arachnids and I dove fairly deep into the saltwater aquatics hobby as well.
Throughout my middle and high school years, starting a reptile shop was somewhat of a dream of mine. I bred reptiles which I then sold to friends and then I would sell them the food to feed them as well.
That eventually led to me working for an exotic pet store on and off for about 7 years. During that time I learned a disgusting amount about reptiles, amphibians and fish. I consumed more information than most anybody I know. I could rattle off scientific names, breeding patterns, illnesses and treatments for many species. Needless to say, I was obsessed.
After some time my passion transitioned more into travel and photography and I ended up leaving behind the hobby and idea of a reptile store. I just wasn’t passionate anymore. Instead I focused on working, saving money, earning income online and traveling whenever I could.
Fast forward to about two years ago towards the end of 2014.
I went in to visit the pet store I once worked at and came to find out that some new regulations had been instated in regards to the care of rodent breeding facilities in Colorado.
Essentially, rat and mice breeding facilities were now required to upgrade the enclosures in which they housed their rodents.
Rather than adjust, most all of the breeding facilities decided to sell their inventory and get out of the business instead.
This meant that there was now a very large demand for feeder rodents for all snake owners in Colorado.
I found this incredibly interesting.
When I was working at the pet store I had fine tuned the in-house rat breeding operation and was producing enough to supply the store as well as occasionally a local wholesaler. At the same time, my coworker (now business partner) had fine tuned the mouse breeding operation for the store.
Once I got wind of the information I brought it up to my business partner and after some thought and debate we figured, if there is a market for it why not take advantage and jump in? After all, we were successful in the past when there wasn’t a need so why not do it again?
Shortly thereafter we set up 9 mouse colonies and a few rat colonies. About a year later, based on numbers we were producing and selling, we were forced to apply for license and set-up a legitimate business.
Fast forward to now, March 2017, and we have a retail business front where we sell various amphibians, reptiles and supplies as well as a rodent breeding operation which has scaled up to 100 breeding colonies of mice and 100 colonies of rats.
We supply various snake breeders in northern Colorado as well as a few stores in the Denver area and are continuously growing and expanding to meet the demand
We’re getting to a point where I may be able to spend a little more time in getting back to blogging and photography. I’ve been feeling antsy and need to start creating again so I’m looking forward to it.
If you’re interested in following the store and growth check out our site and social, Feeders Unlimited.
I’ll definitely be mentioning it in my personal account from time to time, but the hope is to begin the building process again around my photography and blog.