Yes, you can make money breeding Gerbils. But, the method of breeding plays a vital role in selling the Gerbils. You need to provide them solid husbandry, nutrition, and care well for Gerbils.
How do you sell Gerbils?
Selling Gerbils is a business; you need passion to breed Gerbils. Printing pamphlets about your Gerbil store and distributing them is the old way of business. It may take some time for buyers to know about your store with this method.
- You can plan to sell through advertisements on social media. This can reach several people in your friend’s network.
- Uploading in google about your Gerbil pet store will make it much easier for buyers to find your Gerbil store.
- Partner with a local/ nearby vet.
Do you need a license to sell Gerbils?
Yes, of course! You must and should need a license to sell the Gerbils. If you sell Gerbils without a license, it is an offense.
Open a pet caretaker
This will probably make you money. A pet Caretaker can be made for Gerbils, and you can charge for the day. The caretaker will feed your pet, clean them. They will play with your pet and observe the behavioral changes in them.
How to make money from selling Gerbils
No one will buy unhealthy Gerbils. If you want to make money by selling Gerbils, you need to breed them with healthy stuff like well husbandry, healthy diet food with nutrients.
You should know completely about the different pet Gerbil and good knowledge of the Gerbil’s behavior for their healthy life. If the Gerbils are healthy, more buyers will demand to buy the pets from you.
The average cost of Gerbils
There are more than 87 different known gerbils, but most are not used as pets. Only two types are:
The Mongolian Gerbils are the most common species used as pets. They are mostly found in Mongolia and are even called desert rats. This species can live 3-5 years, maybe even 6, with proper care, ranging from $5-15.
The fat-tailed gerbils are the most common in Africa. This species is a bit smaller than the Mongolian gerbils. They are also called the Duprasi Gerbil or Beer Mat Gerbil. They live around 5 to 7 years and grow up to a maximum length of 4 inches. These gerbils are rare when compared to Mongolian gerbils. They cost about $100.
Which Gerbil brings you more profit?
You can make money from male Gerbils of any breed because you need to care more for the female Gerbils during pregnancy.
The gerbil can breed until the age of 2 years old. After 2 years, the gerbil’s fertility and their health will get decline and they are not much stable to breed. Even if they breed after their 2-year old, they will give birth to an unhealthy baby gerbil which will be smaller and cannot have normal growth.
If you do not care for your female Gerbil properly in pregnancy, they may have many issues and even lead to death. Male Gerbils are strong when compared to female Gerbils. So, male Gerbils are more profitable than female Gerbils.
How is Gerbil worth evaluated?
The Gerbil’s cost will be depended on the following:
- The age of the Gerbil
- The place where you bought the Gerbil
- The gender of the Gerbil
- Price range to sell Gerbils
You can raise the cost of Gerbils depending on the age, species, and place where you sell the Gerbils and that ranges between $10 – $100. Apart from selling gerbils, it is better if you have accessories required for gerbils. So that the buyers get all the things they want from a single shop.
How much do baby Gerbils sell for?
You can sell baby Gerbils from $20 to $30.
How do you determine the price of the Gerbils?
Selling Gerbils is a business. The pricing of the Gerbils should include the cost for its breeding and percentage over that for profit.
- The cost for taking care of the Gerbils mating until giving birth. Cost took to take care of the newly born gerbils.
- Caring for food, lighting, watering, kind of the cage you used, bedding for the Gerbil’s cage you used, toys all these can be included in the price because they are the main reason for the Gerbil’s health.
- A percentage of profit depends upon how you took care and how healthy the Gerbil is.
- Price the babies at a level that pays for their care and allows you to upgrade your facility.
Making money with Gerbil’s accessories
Yes, you can also make money apart from Gerbils, but related to them. As usual, Gerbil buyers also search for its belongings like a cage, food, bedding, etc. So, you can also sell their belongings.
Cost of the Gerbil's accessories and maintenance
|The gerbil||$5 to $10|
|Food||$50 to $100|
|Cage||$50 to $60|
|Bedding||$50-100 per year|
|Deodorizing spray or granules||$20 per year|
|Dedicated trash can||$20|
|Total setup cost||$150-200|
|Total yearly cost||$200-$500 per gerbil|
|Vet care||$40 to $200|
Common Health issues in Gerbils
As a Breeder, you should have known about Gerbil’s diseases and you should take care of them in that way.
Gerbils may fall sick, experience sneezing, difficulty breathing, lethargy, and diarrhea for various reasons. They are also sensitive to parasites like fleas and lice. You can control them by providing nutritious food. If this does not work, you need to take them to their veterinarian to get the proper medications.
Mongolian gerbils have a higher risk of getting specific health issues at a certain age, like:
- Neoplasia: uncontrolled and abnormal growth of the cells that lead to the development of a tumor. This tumor is also called a “neoplasm.” There is a 25% to 45% chance of having neoplasia in gerbil pets older than two years. These tumors will affect the skin, kidneys, glands, and female reproductive organs.
- Chronic glomerulonephropathy: a kidney disease that increases thirst, weight loss, and urine production. This disease will come with a tumor.
- Aural cholesteatoma: an expanding growth in the ear that harms their inner ear and bone necrosis. The gerbils are having a 50% of the chances to have Aural cholesteatoma after two years.
Apart from these there are other common issues gerbils may obtain, they are,
- Dental problems
- Skin problems
- Tail loss
- Gastrointestinal problems
If you notice these problems, consult their veterinarian. To ensure you won’t encounter heavy emergencies, it is best to have a regular annual check-up instead of waiting for a symptom to show.