Ozzy Boids LLC
PO BOX 83307
Gaithersburg, MD. 20883
info@ozzyboids.com
(301) 524-0326

The key to success in Ball Python breeding is developing a solid breeding plan.  Every animal in your collection should have a specific person unless its just a sentimental pet.  Me personally, I’m a designer and not a collector.  Breeding cool new morphs and demonstrating the remarkable potential of Ball Python and Boa genetics is what moves me.  Breeding plans takes hours and days to put together.  You have to revisit and tweak it often if you want to stay cutting edge and on top of your game.  I was up very late last night working on my 2019 breeding plan and it was frustrating simply because of all the options I have.  I am committed to making next season even better than this season, but I’m hoping to reduce my production a bit.  Anyone who sits down and develops a few long term projects will see that the possibilities are limitless.  I don’t care at what level of the game you are at… even if you’re just starting you can become a Top Dog in the game with a little planning and tenacity.  These projects are long term and certain combos can take several years if not a decade to hit. Having a bunch of really cool projects going all at the same time will reap huge rewards in years to come when all of your projects start to bear fruit. Success will only come if you stick it out and actually follow through on your projects.  I can’t tell you how many times someone tells me what project they’re working on only to sell their collection a year later. Shit will and does happen, but theres always a solution to every problem.  The only difference between Ozzy Boids and those guys is I stuck to my breeding plans.  So plan carefully and execute….

” The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ”  Vince Lombardi

So do what you love, what excites you and keep doing it until you create something amazing.

Oz

This past season I paired a female YB Genetic Stripe Red Stripe (YB Red Devil) with an OD Blade Clown and got 10 eggs. This is truly an epic clutch with endless potential. I predict we will be marveling at the outcome of this pairing for years to come! I am holding back a small group of 1.4 for my self and releasing the following from this clutch.  This is great project that can be taken in a variety of different directions… and who knows what the Red Devil Clown will look like! Fun stuff….

2018 Male Orange Dream Red Stripe DH Genetic Stripe Clown SOLD
2018 Male YB Red Stripe DH Genetic Stripe Clown $2500
2018 Male YB Red Stripe DH Genetic Stripe Clown SOLD
2018 Male Red Stripe DH Genetic Stripe Clown SOLD
2018 Female Red Stripe DH Genetic Stripe Clown SOLD
2018 Female Red Stripe DH Genetic Stripe Clown SOLD

 

So last month we moved into our new Feeder Pro facility and began start up activities. If you haven’t like our page yet, check us out on Face Book. Feeder Pro and Pet Supply, LLC.  I was really hoping to get this new venture going in the Winter and before baby season here at Ozzy Boids, but of course we did not find a suitable facility until late Spring and could not move in until June.  To state we are busy right now is an understatement.  I am waking up at 6:30 AM and going to bed after Midnight everyday right now.   Managing my real estate business, Ozzy Boids and overseeing the launch of new start up is no joke.  My time is very limited and I am doing everything I can to limit time-wasting activities that interfere with me achieving all of my top priorities like being a Dad, caring for my animals, catering to customers/tenants and managing my businesses.  So if you’re a dreaded time-waster, you’re enemy #1 right now.  Nothing is worse than a time waster that distracts you from what you should be doing.  I try to be polite and never disrespectful to anyone, but some people have zero respect for a person’s time.  From telemarketers, to tire-kickers and people that try to pawn off their tasks on you it’s really relentless.  Time is more precious than money in my opinion and I guard it accordingly… I need to stay laser focused to achieve my daily task list! So if you reach out and I don’t respond promptly, please don’t take it personal.  If you’re a customer, please send me a reminder if I don’t get back to you right away.  Know that we are very busy right now!

Speaking of distractions I completely forgot to send in my vendors Class III license application for the Daytona show. That would really suck if I miss vending that show… this will be our first time setting up at the National Reptile Breeder’s Expo next month. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the show and showing off some of our Dream Team Ball Pythons.

As soon as things ease up a bit I plan to post more blog posts including one on how to price and market your animals.

Thanks Guys,

Oz

So far we have been creating some insane Ball Morphs this year.  What you guys are witnessing is 15 years of planning and hard work coming to fruition.  What you are witnessing is the result of years and years of undying, unwavering passion.  I’m so committed to the ball python game it isn’t funny.  Back hurting, flu, tired, depressed, allergies… it doesn’t matter.  I put in work with animals. Both physical and mental work… always without fail each day… season after season after season.  Market crashes, market booms, recessions, wars, riots… it doesn’t matter man… I stay focused.  Hell, even now in the thick of baby season I’m thinking about next year.  I’m not the only one… I see a lot of you guys crushing it and producing some insane stuff! I love it…. keep it coming!

To all you guys that keep posting things like stop, slowdown, give us a chance to catch up… come on man! Really? I know some of you guys are joking, but some are genuinely discouraged. If these crazy creations don’t inspire you or get you pumped, then it doesn’t matter what I do. I could die tomorrow and you guys will be on the next guys page with the same BS. You gotta get your head right! I’m not the problem… you’re just looking for an excuse.  The only thing another breeder can do for me is get me more pumped, more excited… I love the Ball Python game. I love seeing new combos and when you guys post all those gems I’m inspired… you guys give me ideas and help me plan next years pairings.

I love watching guys who were newby customers a few years ago producing some insane clutches and making good coin.  It makes me feel good knowing I played a part in that.  Not everyone makes it though.  It’s crazy how some guys grow and blossom while others are standing still.  Why is that? Is it luck? Nope its attitude… this is the single most important factor that influences a person’s life.  Get your head right… if you see someone else doing good you should feel encouraged because it means you can also attain those things.  If you become discouraged, jealous, insecure… man your head is in the wrong place.  You will never see the opportunity or the positive in any situation.  The first problem or issue that hits you will knock you off track. So learn how to nurture and feed that passion… learn how to stay positive and look for the solution in every problem.  It’s your positive attitude that will keep you on track. Cut all the toxic people out of your life… surround yourself with positive people who are doing their thing.  Turn off the news notifications on your phone. That shit is as toxic as ever… I don’t care if you’re liberal, conservative, religious, atheist… if you want to get all riled up and pissed off, depressed and discouraged just read the news. That’s the quickest way to throw yourself off track.  Then you can go on social media and vent, get in an argument with someone who opposes your views and waste a few hours of your life on some dumb shit.  Man if I see one of my FB “Friends” post some ignorant shit I just unfollow them… I don’t unfriend them, I just unfollow them.  I don’t judge anyone, you are all entitled to your own opinions even if it is based on misinformation and half truths, lol.  So figure out what keeps you on track an do more of that… gravitate towards things that make you feel good, energetic, excited and Get Your Head Right.

Oz

 

The Naysayer… 

So in Part I we discussed some of things that are critical to the continued growth of the Ball Python Market or hobby.  I believe this hobby is just beginning and in the future there will be a lot of  breeders who will surpass some of the current big names in the game both in morph production as well as in profitability.  One thing that has been consistent throughout my 18 years in the game is people continue to underestimate the Ball Python market.  Many of my former co-workers have always thought me to be crazy when they find out that I’m a snake breeder… you know the typical response based primarily in ignorance.  The fact is over the past 18 years I have done over 5 Million dollars in sales with my little hobby business.  As many of you know this is a low overhead business with high profit margins.  My accountant was always surprised each year he went through my books.  So yeah I’m cray cray… and you guys are normal, lol. Now of course you would expect the general public to underestimate the earning potential and growing popularity of the hobby, but the ball python market is often underestimated by those in the thick of it.

The Ball Python Market is Crashing!

This is a bubble!

Ball Pythons suck… they will all be $5 soon. Haha!

Morph King is destroying the market! (Do you guys remember Morph King?)

If you’ve been around for a few years,  you heard all the negativity from the nay-sayers and haters… Over the years I have heard it all and year after year I just kept doing my thing and turning great profits.  Do a google search for “Ball Python market crash” and you’ll get all kinds of forum posts. Go read them… tell me what you think.  The fact is Ball Python genetics are amazing and have so much untapped combo potential that it’s really hard for the human mind to grasp.  Ball Pythons are also the perfect size and very easy to care for and breed once you figure them out and accept the fact that they will fast.  You can house a decent sized collection in relatively small space and produce cool income generating babies with only a few hours of work each week. If you love working with snakes the way I do, these will be the best few hours of the week.  I mean, it just doesn’t get old.  So I think one thing is certain whether you like it or not, Designer Ball Pythons are here to stay and will continue to amaze for decades to come.

Market Cycles…

So anyone who has been doing Ball Pythons for more than 10 years has lived through a “crash” or two.  I believe these crashes are healthy adjsutments and are always followed by bull markets and strong profits.  Here’s my simplified take on the Ball Market cycle…

Phase 1, The Hardcore: The Hardcore Enthusiasts takes the time, energy and patience to produce some amazing new combos irregardless of the market.  This type of dedication can only be fueled by passion and a deep love of working with these amazing snakes.  These enthusiasts treasure these new snakes and will only sell them at TOP dollar if at all.  Lots of money is what it will take for the Hardcore Enthusiast to part with their cool combos.  The prices can be extraordinary and upwards of $100,000.  Most people think yeah right… ok.  But guess what, the excitement is contagious and believe it or not, there are actually people out there who can afford these high price tags.  The Hardcore started with some of the pioneers of the game like Bob Clark, Kevin McCurley, Ralph Davis, etc.  Over the years this group has grown and continues to evolve.  Its not easy to maintain this level of commitment and the Hardcore come and go. These guys and gals always blow us away with their new creations and generate the excitement, the fuel that drives market. Hats off to you guys.

Phase 2, The Flame: Now that the Big Boys have created some serious excitement and are making big bucks for their efforts demonstrating the potential, more Enthusiasts enter the fray.  Maybe they can’t afford the Big Price tagged items, but they can afford some of the lower end items priced between $1000-$5000.  They now see the genetic potential and would LOVE to produce some cool stuff of their own.  At this point the market is heating up and sales are good. Most of the Big Boys from Phase 1 are sold out.

Phase 3, The Blaze: At this point more and more hard-core enthusiasts are entering the market. Some of them are just hobbyists who could care less about profit while others want to produce cool animals and make a profit too. This group of enthusiasts are not likely to mass produce and will keep their prices high simply because they genuinely treasure their animals.  At this point the market is solid, steady prices, great profits and low inventory. Everyone is having a blast.

Phase 4, The Gold Rush: Now enters the investors… all of the great sales and high profit margins have caught the attention of the investor.  This new influx includes people who may like Ball Pythons, but their main objective is profit.  Say what you want about these guys, but this is when the Market goes nuts! This is like a shark infested feeding frenzy! Phase 4 is when profits are through the roof and sales are at their best. At this time you have enthusiasts and investors competing for genetics.  Everyone who has babies is loving it… not only are they making good money, but they are also reinvesting further strengthening the demand.

Phase 5, The Buyers Market: I think you guys know what’s coming right? LOL, it’s inevitable.  In this cycle of the market everyone has increased their production to meet the insane demand.  The investors start to hatch their offspring and although the sales are still steady you start to see consistent inventory.  Sales start to die down, but breeders are eventually selling everything and are still doing well.  Now there is more than one breeder selling the snake your after and the seller’s market begins to turn into a buyers market.  Price pressure starts.

Phase 6, The Crash:  As the increased inventory slows down sales, the guys who are used to posting and selling their animals right away begin to panic. I mean if it doesn’t sell right away, something is wrong right?  Of course the smart thing to do is drop the price every week until the damn thing sells, right?  At this point you start seeing auctions and crazy price ranges.  One breeder is listing a snake for $3000 while another is listing the same exact combo for $1500 while yet another just auctioned one at $800! WTF! Now the guys who were shopping for that combo have no clue what the true market value is. This uncertainty in value prevents the shopper from buying anything.  The genius who thought that they would simply drop the price to stimulate more sales finds that their price cuts have had the opposite effect. The investor who could really give two shits about the cool new morph they produced also starts to slash prices and run auctions.  Sales grind to a screeching halt for most. Only the coolest and most unique combos are still selling… these buyers are usually the Hardcore Enthusiasts from Phase 1.  Its’s at this stage you can pick up some really cool genes for CHEAP!

Phase 7, The Purge: At this point some breeders have a ton of babies that have not sold.  All their time, energy and resources are dedicated to taking care of last years babies so they may not even breed the following season.  Quite a few breeders, especially the investors get out altogether feeling disgusted and discouraged about the market.  Inventory begins to get thin with the reduced production, but the hardcore guys are still at it working steadily with all the new and cheap acquisitions that they picked up during the bloodbath that was Phase 6….Then Phase 1 begins all over again.

In closing let me say that the length of time of each phase has varied over the years.  I have never been able to accurately predict when the next Phase will kick in.  We have been in a strong market for quite some time now and I believe this has been the longest bull market since I started.  I believe this is in large part due to the drop in overall pricing (no more $50,000 snakes) and an industry move to more selective breeding.  These factors have helped to stabilize the market.  I don’t know if things will continue in this manner, but this is what I’ve witnessed over the years.  Either way, I’m still excited about the future and I find the market to be a fascinating thing to watch and analyze.  Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post. I would love to hear what other breeders think… so please chime in.

Your Favorite Hardcore Enthusiast,

Oz