Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Near the end of 2019

With the year ending soon, I guess it is well past time for an update. 

We did have a slow breeding season, but it WAS better than last year, as sad as that sounds (6 babies hatched this year, with just 4 last year). We are still enjoying being an authorized resller for supplies & equipment, and have had some great sales and such from that both at shows and online/in person. We have managed to get to a couple shows this year, one in Peterborough on the 20th, and the other in Pointe Claire on the 27th. 

A few geckos found new homes, with one new one finding her way to my house. She is a beautiful red/orange female with some white pattern near her underside. I am excited to see what she can produce. We have a great breeding line up planned for the upcoming season, and am hoping for lots and lots of gorgeous babies to grow and offer later in the fall of next year.

For this year, we have purchased some wholesale juvies (1 year old cresties) for resell, but there are 2 that I will be keeping for future breeding plans. Feel free to visit our main website to see these beauties! A few months ago, we were given the opportunity to purchase a large number of wholesale hatchlings (34 in total), and I am very glad to have that offer. These little ones have a lot of growing to do, but should be ready to find new homes when the weather warms up in the spring of 2020. Watch for updates to be posted on the facebook page in a couple months. They are too little yet to get fired up pictures, but soon ... soon.

Over the winter, sales can still be done on supplies & equipment, even if shipping is needed. If you are looking to buy a gecko, those are NOT shipped, and are only available for in person sales.

We are hoping to be able to get to more expos in the new year, starting in the spring. Maybe even a show in Mississauga ... who knows.

Well, back to the geckos!


Sunday, August 18, 2019

New News!

So ... new things on the horizon ... and beyond, hopefully!

We have added a number of babies to the already growing (albeit slowly) zoo ... and they will be available to purchase hopefully in a few months. Some of them are 3 weeks old, and some are 7 weeks old. They have not been weighed or named as yet, but they will be in a couple weeks, after which I will post all their cute faces on facebook and the official Katt's Kritter site .... new cute faces are SO much fun!

The next expo will be on October 20 this year, and help in Peterborough. I am hoping to attend, of course, and to have a big pile of stuff with me for all you fans to see and buy!

We are still waiting to hear when and if there will be a Gatineau show this year, or if it will be in the spring due to the heavy rain damage that impacted the usual venue for the expo. Otherwise, we might just try to expand out to Pointe Clair expo ... we shall see...

We are in the process of submitting the paperwork in order to get the needed funds for expanding the business, by adding more types of geckos to add to the available ones for next year. If we get approved we will be adding gargoyle geckos, day geckos, and maybe even satanic leaf-tail geckos. After a year of time, we hope to be able to have little ones available for you to add to your own collection. So exciting!

We have had a few little ones from our pairing of Ruby and Kovu, and MAN are they cute little things!

First up is Roni ... born July 14, 2019 so it will be a few months until ready to list for sale.

Then there is the clutchmate that hatched a few days later ... Maklyn hatched July 17 2019..

Most recently, the next from that pairing has joined us ... Shaye hatched Aug 13th 2019 ...

I can't wait to see how these little develop over the next few months!

We do still have 2 from last season available ... as well as a few adults and juvenile crested geckos ... check the website for more on them!

Keep watch as we share more daily fun and updates with information ...


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Ups and Downs ...

Hi there folks!

As usual, my blogging is lacking in regularity ... but what else is new?

So .. the "downs" first ...

Last breeding season was very poor .. had more bad eggs than successful hatchings. I had 5 girls paired, but only got fertile eggs from 2 of the 5, and of those only 4 eggs survived. I have sold one of those, but was a bit younger than I normally would. If interested, the babies are Devon (sold), Karmel, Ripley (see picture below), and Cruz, and pics of them can be seen on the facebook page for Katt's Kritters ...

At this time, we have no car so I am not sure of making any shows over the summer and into the fall, but we are hoping to have a vehicle by winter. Any orders for supplies or geckos require the buyer to either meet here or pay for shipping. Sorry ...

Between the lack of a car and the low breeding numbers, the business has hit a bit of a slow-down. This makes things very frustrating, and results in a lot of questioning and evaluating of plans. I am doing my best to keep things moving in a positive forward direction, but with such a lack of needed resources, it does get hard.

So ... now the "ups" ....

So far we are off to a better start for fertile eggs, with 9 already in the incubator and the first of those due to hatch around beginning of June. There are many more months yet to go for the girls to lay eggs, but so far I have only got fertile eggs from Meg, Ruby, and Morticia. Lily has yet to drop any viable eggs, and Lady seems to have a long delay in dropping ANY eggs at all.  I know they will yet, as they have before.

I have made some changes to have some better quality breeders, so I will have high contrast harlequins (working on getting cream/red combo), pinstripes, and dark.

I am hoping that I will get some nice dark babies from my SAM x MORTICIA pairing, and if so, then I will sell Ash. Otherwise, I will list both the dark "breeders" instead. I do have nice pinstripe morph options, so I will be able to offer a range of options.

Around this time last year, we signed on and became authorized resellers for equipment and supplies that are available from many big names, like Mist King, Repashy, Pangea (not food), Sunblaster, PetTech and Galapagos, to name a few. This will hopefully help carry over through our slower times of the season.

I was also given 4 geckos to add to my collection from a gentleman that was getting out of the business. With the addition of these four, I find that I have three cresties that carry the lineage of Prince (from Dream Maker Reptiles) so I am excited for when my future breeders get closer to that stage. I am keeping 2 of the four as future breeders, and the other 2 younger ones are still growing out a bit before I list them. Stay tuned!

Many future breeders getting bigger over time, so big plans over the next few years.

Nothing worth doing is worth doing fast, so to take the time that is needed will be better in the end!